I’ve been thinking lately about the two opposite truisms of media: Nothing lasts forever, and everything lasts forever. Weirdly, these both seem to be the ongoing reality of modern consumer media. File under “Nothing Lasts Forever”: Within the last two weeks, two television shows that I really liked and respected received the pink slip from their networks. Caprica, the Battlestar Galactica spin-off, was canceled by … Continue reading TV: Disappointment and Nostalgia
?Every year at about this time, as the holly and the ivy appear at the mall, and our old friend the Chia Pet returns to television, our liturgical readings turn to Eschatology, the consideration of the Last Things. We live in a world full of people (and media!) who tell us we ought to be afraid– afraid of disease, afraid of terrorists, afraid of what … Continue reading Homily for November 11th, 2010 – 33rd Sunday C
A Mexican tradition for the Day of the Dead (a.k.a. All Souls Day), these guys are really easy to make. 1 cup sugar, 1 tsp merengue powder, 1 tsp almond extract, 3 tsp water. Mix until like wet sand, and press into skull molds. Dry overnight, then decorate. Fun! – Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone Location:Midland Pkwy,,United States Continue reading Sugar skulls!
Just posted on BustedHalo.com, from their archives: The Facts of Faith on Gossip. Continue reading Fact of Faith: Gossip!
Persistence in prayer. Continue reading Homily for October 17th, 2010
Do you know what a Skinner Box is? Psychologist and Behaviorist B.F. Skinner invented this device. It’s a box with a little lever that’s connected to a chute that’s connected to a box of food pellets. You put a rat in the box, and show the rat that pressing the lever makes a food pellet drop down the chute. Press the lever, get a pellet. … Continue reading Homily for October 3, 2010 – 27th Sunday C
Lots of people apparently still believe that our society is subject to the Platonic notion that all we have to do is rationally show people the right thing to do, and they’ll do it. That what people are really experiencing is a lack of good, well-reasoned information. I think that people aren’t always that rational. For us to really change our behavior, something more is … Continue reading Homily for Sunday September 26th, 2010
Chicago is a great town for eating. Well, in which to eat, not to eat the town per se. You know what I mean. There are a few things that are on most people’s Chicago Food Checklist: Steak Garrett’s popcorn Deep-dish Pizza Garret’s Popcorn was easy– they have a store a block from my hotel. When I stopped by on Sunday, there was a line … Continue reading The Chicago Checklist, Extra Meat Edition
It was 44 years ago that Star Trek premiered on NBC. It would be hard for me to think of any other element of American culture that has had a more profound effect on me. Gene Roddenberry’s vision of the future was courageous, hopeful, and optimistic. The very first episode, The Man Trap, was on one level a rubber-suit-monster story, but it was also a … Continue reading Happy Anniversary, Star Trek
Wherein our intrepid author explores a path out of the wheat-free wilderness, and ends with a quite tasty pecan pie. Continue reading Welcome to Gluten-free Baking.