Category Stray Thoughts

An Artist’s Touch

“Why is there a jolly roger on your Mission Cross?” A friend of mine asked this question not long after I received it; I was still getting used to the symbolism of it and didn’t realize there was a small skull and crossbones toward the bottom. It was a funny question, and it’s a little […]

Renting an Apartment

A couple of day ago I put this meme on my Facebook page, where it got a few likes and shares. The text: The average rent in the U.S. at the end of 2018 was $1419/month. For rent to be approximately one-quarter of income, as recommended, would require an income of $5676/month. At 40 hours […]

Lent 2019

A few days ago, I passed an anniversary: it’s been six months since I lost my left leg. For many weeks, I’ve debated how to tell this story in print, practicing many times in person with people of all ages. In many ways, the past few months have been a Lent for me, however I […]

Leveling Up

As those of you who read my initial post on this blog know, I’m not really big into sentimentalism. It’s not completely worthless: it’s like having a nice, soft, comfy couch or armchair, a place to relax for a while and let the world go by. Tempting to stay there, but sooner or later we […]

Pro-Life (version 2.0)

I wrote this post three years ago, and since then I don’t have much to add, but I have things to amplify. To summarize, I don’t believe any of these are Pro-Life: Any dehumanization of the human person. Equating wants and needs. Imperialism, in any way, shape, or form (bullying, politics of intimidation, rule by […]

God’s Partiality

Today’s First Reading hit me like a ton of bricks for some reason: “Hear, O kings, and understand; learn, you magistrates of the earth’s expanse! Hearken, you who are in power over the multitude and lord it over throngs of peoples! Because authority was given you by the Lord and sovereignty by the Most High, […]

Five Unreasonable Expectations

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 […]