An Old Colleague

Old in a couple of regards. One, we have known each other a very long time, over 20 years. Old also in terms of plain old age. He’s 70+. We met each other today while we were walking. I was walking Hunter. He was just walking. Incidentally, Hunter’s 9th birthday is on the 14th, 2 […]

Staring Out The Kitchen Window

The beautiful trees have lost their leaves as I stare out the kitchen window. The morning dew streaks down the car windshield as I look out the kitchen window. The last rose of autumn blooms as I stare out the kitchen window. The dark-eyed juncos twitter as I stare out the kitchen window. So much […]

Roses For Mary

For days I’ve been sitting in front of my laptop trying to think of something to write about that is important to me or, in my humble opinion, important to others. I just got home from a brisk 1.8 mile walk with Hunter. On the walk we went by the Catholic Church. Like many churches […]

Lowest Point In Higher Education

There’s an article in today’s Chronicle of Higher Education (September 27, 2019) about an English professor who has decided to come clean with her students. She tells them about her lowest point in grad school when she almost gave up and quit. This inspired me. Some would refer to me as a hard-core academic; others […]

It’s Sunday

I grow tired here in Oregon that the only churches getting any press are conservative, Evangelical, churches. These churches are indeed ubiquitous. They are the mega-churches. They are also little store-front churches that may typically be “run” by pastoral staffs that have little or no pastoral, let alone theological, education. Some may be well educated […]

Why Do I Write A Blog?

I think it is worth it every now-and-then to stop and reflect upon why I write this thing. A great number of us do it for profit. I can appreciate that, although I think it would be really difficult to do this as a living, let alone make enough to consider it worthwhile. Others have […]

Indian Chieftain Limited — Part 2

Well, last Friday came-and-went. Someone won the raffle and the motorcycle but it wasn’t me, not that I expected really to be the winner. There were thousands of entries. What were my chances to win? Next to zero! But someone had to win. Right? Why not me? Ah. This is the reason those of us […]

Gender And Suicide

Bullying, disbelief from others, no resources, no access to sympathetic medical care, personal confusion and shame. These are a few of the reasons that cause some people with gender dysphoria / gender identity issues to consider suicide. These are a few of the reasons that some die from suicide. Even though we as a society […]

She, He, They

In the past the practice of wearing the clothing of the opposite sex, especially among men, was referred to as transvestism. By the general, and frequently crass, straight community such persons were called “queers” or “fags” or any other number of derogatory words. There are even books written about such individuals. For example, Transgender History […]