January 11, 2021

Welcome to my life in the cancel culture swamp. The amount of energy I’ve had to expend just to get my voice heard in the tiniest of ways grieves me–white men got to use that energy to get ahead and gain more power. I was just trying to survive. I was in an email conversation with a person utterly beloved to me, who also happens to be a white male, retired from a successful career. He mentioned, because of the... Read more

January 10, 2021

Those religious people, these adherents to Trumpianity, are far more egregious violators of all that is right and holy than just the disgruntled of the nation. They have betrayed everything I have ever stood for as a woman of faith. Who am I to judge? I was out taking a walk on Monday, Dec. 14, the day the Electors of each state met to cast their vote that would seal (or unseal, depending on your hopes) the Biden presidency. I... Read more

December 7, 2020

Eight privileges, all giving me easy access to a Covid-19 test, all necessary for a successful one. Like everything else, just gaining access to a basic health need right now shows the divide between the privileged and the rest of the world. I got a COVID-19 test today.  Three days ago, I started feeling unwell. Low-grade fever, muscle aches, weakness, sporadic headaches. All characteristic of minor viral infections, but . . . we now live in COVID-world, and I’m one of... Read more

December 1, 2020

It’s time we recognize the multiple lessons and blessings from Covid. From this growing national tragedy, we can actually emerge wiser and stronger if we take a hard look at ourselves and see what we can learn from these travails.  Lesson and blessing one: The Redesigned Meaning of “Going to Church.” Churches may shift from being primarily building-defined, i.e., they are a physical place to go, to primarily worship and service-defined, i.e., they are a place to connect to God... Read more

November 30, 2020

Trump’s lies have hastened the deaths of approximately 266,000 people SO FAR in the US. I would not be in the least surprised to see that number double in the next three months. We are facing an unnecessary apocalypse, all because of an inability or an unwillingness to speak truth. The juxtaposition of those two headlines in the Monday, Nov 30, 2020, WSJ is quite interesting. Folks, Covid-19 cases will explode in the next few weeks–what we see now will be nothing... Read more

October 26, 2020

I found the neighborhood grocery store overwhelming–calorie-laden packages shouting from every shelf, “Buy me, eat me, get fat with me!” Piles of pre-packaged, pre-processed, sugar-stuffed food accosted me. Simply walking through it made me feel ill. Mid-August, I had to undergo a major foot reconstruction project that confined me to home for several weeks. As I began to move again, I was uncomfortably aware that the weeks of inactivity had led to enough weight gain that I needed to address it,... Read more

October 12, 2020

The temptation of Amy Coney Barrett, with deep and profound apologies to St. Matthew and St. Luke. And Amy, full of Christian charity and legal knowledge and hungry with ambition, exited the academy and was led into the halls of the highest power of the land. A papaya-toned being at her side said to her, “Just do one tiny favor for me and you will have a lifetime job and unending security.” And Amy answered the being and said, “I... Read more

October 7, 2020

We are now stuck with the Madness of King Trump, and I put the blame entirely on the President’s doctors here. Either they were lying about how serious Mr. Trump’s illness is OR they have overtreated and put every one of us in danger because of their poor decisions. Did the President’s doctors just put the entire US in danger? Cyberspace is abuzz with the suggestion that Mr. Trump is in the midst of ‘roid mania after his doctors put... Read more

October 5, 2020

I admit it: something broke in me, irrevocably broke, after I learned that Mr. Trump, upon his release from the hospital on Monday, tweeted, “Don’t be afraid of Covid.” From the newsflash in the October 5 evening online edition of the Washington Post: President Trump returned to the White House from the hospital on Monday, saying that he had recovered from the novel coronavirus and that people should not be afraid of a disease that has killed more than 209,000... Read more

October 2, 2020

In the world of talionic justice, Mr. Trump deserves to get Covid-19. Frankly, there is some real satisfaction in knowing that the virus finally caught up with him. It’s silly to pretend otherwise. Nonetheless, I pray for him. Many years ago, deep into my seminary studies, I learned the term “talionic justice.” Do you remember the phrase, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth?” That’s the basic idea of talionic justice: whatever pain you have inflicted... Read more

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