Letter to God: Letting Go

Dear God, Well, yesterday went badly in several ways. Top of my list is realizing that, okay, I really need to stop going to confession to have my sins forgiven. I need to stop even thinking about it. Because obviously this is not working. I know you have told me this many times, Father, so […]

The Virtue of Simplicity

For the past couple days, I’ve been thinking about all of the corruption in the world. No matter how hard we work to make things better, it’s like we’re in this nuclear arms race against evil, where evil keeps building better mousetraps. For example, I read this incredibly heart-rending peace against racism in the National […]

FF: Open … Slowly

Open … Slowly She used to believe in love, in a white knight savior on a horse. Time came and stole her sweetness, tore off her aging petals, taught her better. Years went by. Mighty oaks rose and fell. The river changed its ancient course, drifting slowly closer- The rosebush’s trembling leaves awake. A single […]

Pray Without Ceasing

I’m probably going to take a couple days off from public posting again, mostly because I spent most of the past few days working on this book until my brain ran out of thoughts. I wrote over 10,000 words, which is a lot even for me. When I type it out like that, I’m like […]

Letter to God: Hearts of Stone

Dear God, Whenever I’m really at a loss to figure out something, my brain starts reaching for random metaphor that won’t help, like the Heart of Gold from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. In Hitchhiker’s Guide, Heart of Gold is this ship that flies by balancing probabilities. How interesting would that be? I don’t know. […]

Memorial Day

Here in the United States, we have this holiday called Memorial Day. On this day, we honor all those who have died serving our armed forces. Because my brain tends to overthink things, it has always bothered me on this fundamental level to have a holiday dedicated to people who died in war. Don’t get […]

Quick Update

My real job will probably be back as of the week of June 1st. I can hardly wait. I love my library job. This whole religion thing – I love God the Father and I love Jesus, but I mostly feel like a useless wreck when it comes to trying to understand or explain either […]

Letter to God: Ascension Thursday

Dear God, So Ascension Thursday is here, my second least favorite Catholic holiday. My first least favorite as you know is Palm Sunday, where as a layperson, I’m supposed to not only pretend to “join the crowd” but where they’re actually going to hand me a “blessed palm” and I’m supposed to respond by thanking […]

FF: I Only Have Eyes For You

This is my entry for Friday Fictioneers, led as always by the inimitable Rochelle Wisoff-Fields .  To read more stories or to submit your own, click on the dancing frog. By the way, loving the dancing frog…. I’ve been away for a while. Good to be back and to see if anything – things have […]

Letter to God: Early Morning on Phone

Dearest God the Father, Okay it’s now getting to be a really annoying habit, this waking up in the wee hours with all these thoughts in my head. First, I love you. Next, I can hardly wait for this quarantine to end. For real. As in no more stay at home orders. No more masks. […]