Category: Family

A Meditation on the Feast Day of Saint Thomas

A Meditation on the Feast Day of Saint Thomas
This meditation begins with the Gospel of John, chapter 20, verses 19 through 31: 19) On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20) When... Read more »

Some thoughts from the #WomensMarch in Chicago today

1) Glad I wore comfy shoes. 2) An overwhelmingly large number of people. We stood by the Van Buren Paris Metro entrance for about twenty minutes, and watched a never-ending stream of folks go past us. Pretty impressive. 3) Not my kids’ first protest march. 4) Vast majority of folks we saw were white. More... Read more »

Roger and Roger and Me

My friend Roger died on Sunday. He was the second of my beloved Rogers to die within the span of a year. The first Roger was a scholar of William Blake. Also, apparently, a champion of barbecue. When I met him, he was long past both affectations. He was a crotchety old professor, about to... Read more »

Mother Bowie

This weekend marked some significant days for me. Within 24 hours I pass through the date of my mother’s birth and David Bowie’s death. The fact is that these two events occupy similar bits of real estate in my soul. Bowie should feel complimented by that, but, then again, so should my Mom. Now that I think... Read more »

The Age of Accountability

This evening we celebrated my daughter’s seventh birthday. We went out to dinner at Medici, a local restaurant that we adore here in Hyde Park. We had pizza, and then split some ice cream. After, we went down to 57th Street Books, and both the kiddos got to pick out a couple of new morsels... Read more »

God-given or Market-driven?

I was doing laundry this morning downstairs in our apartment building. My daughter was with me. Today she is six. Tomorrow she will be seven. The building management recently remodeled the laundromat. The same creaky washing machines, of course. Only now, they are in a remodeled room with bright colors on the walls and a... Read more »