BAMBOO ORCHID: SCENES FROM AN EX-MARRIAGE

Here’s an archived “All Things Considered” piece that seems apropos for this season of paradox, new birth, and the light shining in darkness…you can listen to it here. Point of interest: the epidendrum (aka bamboo orchid) is an old-fashioned flower often seen in the yards of old-school bungalows around LA. I just don’t have the […]

A SUPPOSEDLY FUN THING I’M GOING TO DO EVERY YEAR UNTIL I DIE

That would be the annual opening of the boxes of Christmas decorations… The must of the old newspapers in which the ornaments are wrapped, the lights a tangle of wire and plastic, everything hurriedly wrapped and put away the previous January, the boxes lying for eleven months dark and cold in the back of the closet,;the […]

BRILLIANT: THE EVOLUTION OF ARTIFICIAL LIGHT

Jane Brox grew up in Massachusetts’ Merrimac Valley, now lives in Maine and has written a number of wonderful books (Here and Nowhere Else; Five Thousand Days Like This One). Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light, begins like this: “Although fire has blazed in hearths and flared from pine torches for half a million years, […]

THE LIE OF CHRISTIAN WAR: ON THE 66th ANNIVERSARY OF HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI

A Military Chaplain Repents by Rev. Emmanuel Charles McCarthy In August of 1945 Rev. George B. Zabelka, a Catholic chaplain with the U.S. Army Air Force, was stationed on Tinian Island in the South Pacific. He was assigned to serve the Catholics of the 509th Composite Group. The 509th Composite Group was the Atomic Bomb Group. […]

SEEING THROUGH THE EYES OF GOD: THÉRÈSE OF LISIEUX

Last week I attended a retreat on St. Thérèse of Lisieux given by Bro. Joseph F. Schmidt.  Br. Joe has written several books on Thérèse and gave the green light to write up and post a series of notes on the retreat. A little background: If you’re interested, you can read up on her at one of Thérèse’s […]