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Imagine: I finished 8th grade and was sitting in a tiny office…window across the desk, windowed door behind me. Two chairs. Cyril Gombold, Maryknoll, me and the Baltimore Catechism. Number 3. It is 1960.  In Honolulu. Sacred Heart Church, Punahou. I go the school named that across the street from the parish. Fr. Gombold makes […]


Wis 1:13-15; 2:23-24 God did not make death, nor does he rejoice in the destruction of the living. For he fashioned all things that they might have being; and the creatures of the world are wholesome, and there is not a destructive drug among them nor any domain of the netherworld on earth, for justice […]

Spy Talk

I read spy novels, Furst, LeCarre’, McCarry, Kerr. I get jealous of their conversations. Here they are spies and supposed to be tight lipped and they talk about very personal and important things. They bet their lives on their opinions. Do we experience conversations like that?

GOING blank

The tricks our  “minds” use for self-protection don’t always help…they are counter-productive…my theme lately. Sometimes we are not aware that there is something we protect ourselves from. Going blank is one of my most obvious protections and so obvious to me that  even I pick up on it. When an authority figure is on attack […]

Enjoying preaching?

When I hear a priest or a deacon say, “I enjoy preaching” I am deeply disturbed. People tell me that I shouldn’t be.  The people are not rally listening anyway. So even if they are up there for the sake of their ego, pass off story telling, axe grinding, spot light grabbing, stage hogging as […]


Measures of productivity. Obviously needed. But maybe also we need to measure counter-productivity. Early on in one of my other lives, I was a religious educator. I worked a lot with distraught parents. I spank him and spank him and it does not goo d at all. Me: Well, why don’t you stop spanking him? […]

Fashions on the River Kwai

Something called The Fix has something called Twitter. One twit said that no matter how hot it gets, short sleeves are never acceptable. That’s like something from Queen Victoria and the British Colonial  Service And thank you Noel Coward for the song: “Mad dogs and Englishman go out in the noon day sun.” And that […]

Washington Rules

Washington Rules, America’s Path to Permanent War sounds like it good be written by the congenital anti-establishment “type” attacked Fox News “types.” But the author is Andrw Bacevich who is distinguished retired military and whose son was killed serving as an officer in the Middle East. “at the deeper level, the costs of adhering to […]


Walking around a sociology department in the 1970s, I saw on the wall something about there being no absolute norms..such norms were a social convention, right and wrong. What is right for me is not necessarily right for you, etc etc you know the drill. Child molesting pretty much put a stop to that sort […]

Identity & Obama & Race

iJews fleeing the Nazis could as German  run to Switzerland. It was the Swiss who insisted on the big J being stamped on their passports wo they could be kept out. You know J meant they were potential parasites or just people trying to stay alive. There was no requirement to label Jewish assets in […]

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