Readings of the Day Over the course of the summer, the news has upset me a lot. I haven’t seen this scale of hatred and intolerance since my childhood in the 1960s. Confronting evil is something we are all called to do, but how we do it is a difficult choice. I was reminded of […]

Luke Skywalker was looking for a role model. His uncle was a farmer with a limited vision, who didn’t understand why he’d want to seek his fortune among the stars. When the hologram of Princess Leia implored Obi-wan Kenobi for help, Luke turned to him and the old Jedi responded. Capt. Han Solo saw Luke […]

Readings of the Day I have a one guilty pleasure: watching poker on television. It’s only watching poker since I’ve rarely played in person. Losing money is against my religion. But I’m interested in the strategy of the game, the different possibilities of card combinations, and the psychology of one player trying to outplay the […]

Readings of the Day I’ve never been a gymnast. Given my size and agility, it’s no surprise that I had trouble doing forward rolls correctly in P.E. class, and forget anything like cartwheels. I know I’m awkward, so anything that involved my feet going over my head is something I’m not interested in doing, at […]

Readings of the Day We go through a the graduation season every year: Kindergarten, 8th Grace, High School, College and University. Commencements are always suspicious…I mean, auspicious occasions, where many come together to celebrate accomplishments and to embrace hope for the future. I’ve graduated five times, although I only walked in commencement three times, and […]

I was going through some boxes today, and ran across a notebook from my Clinical Pastoral Education unit with Fr. Gene Sitzman in Cherokee, IA from the summer of 1999. This unit was conducted at the Cherokee Mental Health Institute, and much of our lecture was on mental illness. The page my notebook flipped open […]

Since two Star Wars movies have appeared since I wrote Extreme Machete Order with a Twist in 2014, it’s time for an update. There is one amendment, but most of my thoughts haven’t changed. “What order do I watch the Star Wars movies in?” This is the eternal question since 2005, and there are many […]