Yesterday was Donut Day at the convent. Also known as Shrove Tuesday. Not being Catholic, there are many things I missed out on as far as pre-Lenten traditions go, donuts being one of them. I’m told some people have pancakes. Reason being, it helps them get rid of oil and sugar for their Lenten fast.… Read More On donuts, fasting and the myth of willpower
You know how it is when you’ve been doing something out-of-the-ordinary for so long that you forget it’s out-of-the-ordinary? That happened to me at work last week. I was asked to write an article for our newsletter suggesting people stop using paper towels, and I asked – in all seriousness – “People still use paper… Read More Do you still use paper towels?
Hello, my friends. I don’t think I’ve ever shared a Rolling Stone article with you, so guess it’s time we corrected that. If you’ve ever wondered why so many conservative Christians support Trump and you’ve got 15 minutes to spare, read this: Why the Christian Right Worships Donald Trump. I’ve seen other articles address the… Read More On the cover of the Rolling Stone… and other matters of faith
Ah, man, I like chickadees! Yeah, sorry about that. Listen, we really wanted to talk about chickadees – and tell you about other visitors to the bird feeder! – but a certain angel chick on our shoulder was having none of it. She claimed we needed to do a follow up from last week’s post,… Read More No chickadees this week. Instead, let’s talk more about racism
Okay. So. Here I am beginning a blog post with both Okay and So. The sure sign a blogger is in a slump and feeling desperate. Not only have I not been posting for the last, oh, two weeks or so, I haven’t been writing or reading or facebook-ing or any other social media-ing. I… Read More Thoughts on ghosting, heart attacks, and the art of a finely made mojito
A couple of weeks ago I attended a birthday party for one of the sisters at the convent. She’s 100 years old. There were balloons, flowers, two sheet cakes and plenty of ice cream. Lots of people came. All the sisters, of course, as well as others who knew her and even a few –… Read More A birthday party for a 100-year-old Nun — and some God talk
Our lead story: A protestant took part in a Catholic Eucharist. In other news: Hell did not freeze over. It happened last Friday, March 1. The convent’s “Founding Day.” The Mass was a special one and many people attended. Sisters from far away attended. Employees of the convent attended. I, a Presbyterian, attended. I knew none… Read More News from the convent: Dinner, death and donuts
On a post about five or so months ago, where I told of my relocation up North, I ended by saying I got a job at a hospital near our house. Maybe you wondered why I never mentioned this job again? Or maybe you never thought about it, which is completely understandable because why would… Read More Working among nuns and radicals