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Keep your religion out of my uterus — AND MY EGG CARTON

For various stupid reasons, I bought a dozen eggs at a different grocery store yesterday, a store I don’t usually shop in. I dashed home to cook eggs, fried potatoes, and black beans for Hubby and me for supper. When it … Continue reading

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A Tiny, Brilliant Spark from The Vatican

Asked what it meant for him to “think with the church,” a phrase used by the Jesuit founder St. Ignatius, Francis said, “This church with which we should be thinking is the home of all, not a small chapel that … Continue reading

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Catholics, Facebook, Ash Wednesday, and a Cat

I am killing time in a hotel room tonight, so I figured I had time to visit Facebook. What a mistake! It’s Ash Wednesday, made clear by the assholes who posted their photos on Facebook with ashes on their greasy foreheads, who … Continue reading

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“Brideshead Revisited” — What ISN’T it About?

In the spring of 1991, as a senior in college enrolled in a Satire Seminar at a small, liberal arts Catholic College, I read Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited for the first time. Only 6 or 7 seniors took the class and … Continue reading

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Another Note on the Stupidity of Catholicism

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My Two Favorite Tourist Traps in Rome

You shouldn’t avoid tourist traps just because they are tourist traps. I know this because I have been to some really famous tourist traps and most of them were pretty great. One of these days I’ll make a couple of … Continue reading

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When Romney was a Democrat, and I was a Republican . . . a Hateful But Necessary Post

Let’s say that, just for today, Mitt Romney is a Democrat. And let’s say, that for the last few hours of today, I am a Republican. And today’s story from Mexico broke about the guy on the other side of … Continue reading

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My Friend, Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens died yesterday. I had to type that sentence to become reacquainted with the fact. I didn’t know he was so close to death, so I was shocked this morning when I read it. Yes, Christopher Hitchens died yesterday. I feel … Continue reading

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“Contemplation On Rain And Religion” by Jeff Gundy

(I’m borrowing the following poem from the December 2011 issue of The Sun Magazine.) “Contemplation On Rain And Religion” by Jeff Gundy I’ve decided that I’m religious but not spiritual. –Gregory Wolfe I always feel more religious in the sunshine, especially … Continue reading

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A Poem for a Hot, Humid Saturday Night

(published in The Sun Magazine, 2011) by Brian Doyle On West Stark Street, In the City of Portland, In the State of Oregon, I tell you about your boy Jesus, A thin man says to me one day. Jew-boy. You … Continue reading

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