April 15, 2024

  The first criminal trial of a former United States president, begins in the morning. I’m writing this in the wee hours of Monday morning. By the time you read it, the trial will probably have begun. And of course, by the trial I mean  jury selection. The boring part. We won’t get to the exciting part for weeks. Donald Trump, the champion of the pro-life movement and American Christianity, is accused of falsifying business records to hide a hush... Read more

April 14, 2024

      I had a bit of an anxious night. I haven’t suffered too much from being anxious lately, but I’m afraid it’s creeping up on me just now. I was trying to do our taxes. I know I should have finished our taxes by now, I’ve just been overwhelmed and dreading them. I had my stack of 1099s from all my writing projects. I had my notes on all the little expenses writers have here and there. I had... Read more

April 13, 2024

I drove out to see the wildflowers, in Serendipity. Last year, due to the fiasco with the car, I was trapped in Steubenville and couldn’t go hiking until June. Forest wildflowers are gone by June. The trees’ canopy cuts off their sun.  They are ephemeral, a miracle that appears for a few weeks in spring. Then we get the miracle of the shade trees that cool the hiking trails by ten degrees. Then we get the miracle of Autumn. Then... Read more

April 12, 2024

I guess I’d better say something about Arizona’s Supreme Court ruling, upholding the 1864 abortion ban. As always, I don’t want to talk about abortion, but as always, abortion is in the news. I’m that Patheos blogger who’s been calling out the hypocrisy and abuse in the pro-life movement for eight years now. I would like to write another poetic piece about the hikes I’ve been taking lately, and a funny one about the bridge construction project that nearly spoiled... Read more

April 9, 2024

  There are those who say that learning about nature freed them of the belief in God, and I’m not better than those people. For me, though, it’s the opposite. The more I learn, the more I see, the more I believe. Yesterday was the solar eclipse. Here in Steubenville, we were to get 97.7% of totality. There wouldn’t be a few minutes of night, only a few minutes of twilight, but we’d see the sun go almost completely behind... Read more

April 8, 2024

  Hey folks: This is not a real blog post, this is my more-or-less monthly round up of the things I did when I wasn’t here (and the tip jar because I’ve got to eat). I have written three actual blog posts I’m proud of in the last 24 hours, and there’s more coming down the pipe soon. But these posts do help me keep organized. First of all, last month I was honored to be writing for the Pittsburgh... Read more

April 8, 2024

I want to say a word about my Transgender brothers and sisters. I’m going to close comments right away, because they will turn into a sewer. They always do when Transgender people are mentioned, and I don’t want my friends to have to read that. I always want to be a little cautious when talking about the intersection of queerness and religion– particularly when it comes to Transgender people. I am not transgender. You shouldn’t listen to me, primarily, when... Read more

April 8, 2024

    The news has come out, in the past few weeks, that the number of abortions in the United States continues to rise. We’ve known for a long time that the highest rate of abortions ever recorded in the United States was in the 1980s and 1990s, and the abortion rates dropped steadily during the decades after that. They tended to drop more sharply under Democratic presidential administrations and more slowly under Republicans, except for a brief period when... Read more

April 7, 2024

Hi, kids! It’s Professor Mary, here to tell you about the exciting astronomical even that’s going to happen across the United States on Monday! That’s right. On Monday, if you’re lucky enough to live in the middle of the United States, you’ll get to see a solar eclipse. Everybody have a seat and I’ll explain how a solar eclipse works. This is going to be fun, though you have to be kinda careful when talking about the heavenly bodies on... Read more

April 5, 2024

Things had been going too well lately, so I should have been ready for a bit of trouble at Easter. The Holy Saturday liturgy was, as I said yesterday, a beautiful one, but awfully long. The new bishop preached for half an hour. We had only a few minutes to pick up the last few things for our Easter feast at Walmart before the store closed. When we got  home, it was nearly midnight. We’d been in such a rush... Read more

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