January 16, 2019

So, it is possible I watched rather a long video about how Jillian Michaels is wrong about the keto diet thingy. You were probably thinking of clicking on all those links, but then realized you had better things to do, and so went on and did those things, whereas I, fool that I am, asked myself, ‘What did Jillian say about the keto thingy that was so awful?’  Took lots and lots of scrolling to discover that she prefers the… Read more

January 15, 2019

This might be a pugilistic week for me. I have a thousand contrary thoughts about everything, and from all my too much time spent online, I can see that I disagree with all my friends about everything. Starting, probably, with the Gillette advertisement, and that business about the APA casting the masculinity as a mental health issue. To which, of course we can say, it sure is, but also, probably not in the clear cut obvious way the APA imagines. … Read more

January 14, 2019

Good Morning. We have arisen (get it?) and done up a podcast about Anglican Dysfunctionalism—including commentary on the discipline of Bishop Love and the curious appointment of the Anglican envoy to Rome not feeling like he has to “believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus”—and then 30 seconds of complaining about the PBS young Victoria program. Plus children arguing bitterly in the background. It’s the best. Don’t miss it. Here is the article about the Vatican thing. Here is my… Read more

January 13, 2019

It’s not the usual way that Epiphany itself falls on a Sunday so that the Baptism of Jesus gets to have its own liturgical day. Usually the two—at least in the old episcopal calendar—are jumbled together. And, let’s be honest, it is hard to pass over the sparkle of the magi coming with expensive presents to really concentrate on Jesus demanding that John let him descend into a muddy river in order to “fulfill all righteousness.” What does that even… Read more

January 11, 2019

The Bee has been reading my blog, apparently. Fifteen people tagged me with this gem, or sent it to me, with the joyous thrill of bringing two beloved friends together at last. It doesn’t matter that I didn’t say anything, at least not overtly, about Kon Mari-ing the Bible, which is one of those books you would certainly chuck for not sparking joy. It is that my bitter expression of the Christian life, materially enacted in my house and in… Read more

January 10, 2019

This is very important, particularly since I didn’t, how shall I put it, wake up at the usual time. Basically I spent this week sleeping through the book of Job every morning. My alarm would thunder catastrophically. I would stare at it in horror. I would turn it off. I would push play on the guy reading the Bible. I would wake up two hours later, bleary and disoriented. I’ve actually slept through the whole book four times. That must… Read more

January 9, 2019

[me surfing the internet] I have yet to take down my big fat Christmas tree. Instead of doing that I’ve been wandering around in a fog trying to remember why I even exist and what my name even is. Sometimes it appears to be ‘Mater,’ (that’s Latin for ‘mom’ I’ve been childsplained) other times the simple, plain, yet condescending ‘Mother.’ So far I’ve escaped the scraping ‘Yeeessss Master’ that other children from church have adopted. Is that from Harry Potter?… Read more

January 8, 2019

So the push to declutter is on. I haven’t been watching Mari Kondo—I don’t feel like I should have to, although I probably will break down and do it out of morbid fascination, because I endured the book, and because I got caught up in that funny program, Shtisel, which, incidentally, is full of very spare living spaces, Kon Mari would be dumbstruck—but it seems like all my friends are. It is changing their lives, as it is supposed to,… Read more

January 7, 2019

Good Morning, if anything like morning can be said to be good. Now that all the festivities are vaguely petering out—so sue me, I am not going to continue to party through January and February just because it’s Epiphany—we rousted ourselves from our overfed stupor and did a podcast finishing up that advent sermon. Turns out I don’t have an Elizabeth anointing, all I have is a pain in the neck. It’s all sparkle and shouting so you won’t want… Read more

January 6, 2019

Today is the Feast of the Epiphany, that auspicious moment when you begin eating those gorgeous cakes with the little plastic babies hidden inside them, and go on diligently until the beginning of lent. And not just cake—there are the kings, of course, and the bright star, and the house blessings. But what I want to ponder this morning is the business of God revealing himself, in Christ, to the whole world. As a way in, here is a petulant… Read more

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