February 21, 2021

A devastating storm and freezing temperatures have caused chaos and hardship for millions of people across the state of Texas. People have been without food and water, and even children have frozen to death in their own homes. Amidst all this hardship, it’s perhaps not surprising that the most forgotten subset of society – inmates in prisons – have been effectively abandoned.  But the abysmal conditions inside Texas prisons during this crisis demonstrate what many have been arguing for some… Read more

February 15, 2021

It’s hard to believe that Lent has come around again. Last year, I gave up alcohol entirely, a significant sacrifice for a wine enthusiast like myself. When coronavirus arrived with a vengeance last March, I thought it would be over by Easter.  I was wrong. It’s a full year later, and we’re still giving up friends, family, weddings, holidays, pastimes, and nights out. And now Lent is back. So what do we do for Lent in a year where we’ve… Read more

February 8, 2021

This past weekend was a significant landmark for me professionally. My first credited TV movie aired! I was the third writer on a project that was already largely complete when I came into it, but I did enough character and dialogue work to earn a writing credit. During my time with the script, one of the major characters was re-written as a gay man. In the year 2021, this did not seem like a big deal to me. So I… Read more

February 1, 2021

When I started this blog, I intended to write about life as a Catholic theater artist in New York. Now, you’d be hard pressed to identify me as a playwright without reading my bio. Theater has been shut down for a year. My theater company has just planned our virtual season for 2021. I have mixed feelings about it. Theater artists have managed to create some innovative work over the past year. Online streaming of readings and airings of live… Read more

January 25, 2021

Last week, the bishops of the Anglican Church of North America released a pastoral statement on sexuality and identity. The overall thesis of the letter is that gay Christians should not call themselves, well, gay Christians. Now, I’m Roman Catholic not Anglican, but I’ve encountered many of these same arguments, including from members of my own family.  The ACNA believes that calling ourselves gay (or lesbian or bisexual) undermines our primary identity as children of God. In other words, gay identity… Read more

January 19, 2021

When I was a child, my beloved great-grandmother passed away. She was the first person I knew who died, and I struggled to wrap my head around the meaning of it all. What did it mean to no longer be here? I was a highly imaginative child and also a highly religious child, so I did what was natural to me: I imagined a religious story. I told my family that Grandma had appeared in my bedroom, rocking on her rocking chair…. Read more

January 11, 2021

Pope Francis believes that taking the coronavirus vaccine in a moral imperative. In contrast to many Christian and Catholic groups, the Pope refused to equivocate when Italy’s T5G News asked him about his stance on vaccination. “I believe that morally everyone must take the vaccine. It is the moral choice because it is about your life but also the lives of others.” Simple as that. In a time when some Christian churches are choosing to flout COVID protocols, Pope Francis… Read more

January 7, 2021

A few days ago, a published an article arguing that Americans need to have more empathy for one another. I regret to say that did not age well. Granted, I was talking about COVID and things like attending funerals. My overall point was that we should try to interpret that actions of others through the window of their values, not our own.  But when right-wing radicals are storming the capital building, it all sounds pretty naïve. If I sit down… Read more

January 4, 2021

It’s officially 2021 and our country is setting off on a long path of recovery. As vaccine distribution increases, we are hopeful for a public health recovery, followed by an economic recovery. As challenging as both will be, there is another crisis from which I fear we may never recover: the empathy crisis. Now, this crisis was brewing long before the pandemic began, but the past year has only made it worse. This is partially for the reasons that already… Read more

December 31, 2020

Forgive my quoting what some claim to be the cheesiest band of all time, but I’ve liked Counting Crows since I was a kid. My dad had them mixed in on the long road trip play list, along with The Indigo Girls, Black Sabbath and Warren Zevon. I didn’t realize that was a rather odd mix until I was older, and I didn’t realize Counting Crows weren’t cool until it was too late. So when A Long December, their mournful… Read more

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