Saturday, April 27, 2019


   What a glorious day in Aiken, South Carolina, at Wine & Sign 2019. This is my fourth time at the festival, organized by Diann Shaddox for the Essential Tremor Foundation. She is a brave lady who faces each day with courage, grace, and charm!

   And it is wonderful to see old friends/fellow writers and to make new ones. someone even bough all four of my poetry books! Now wonder I love Aiken so much!

   King Cat and the Elders played awesome rockabilly! Wow!

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Simply Incredible: Steve Bannon takes on Pope Francis

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/steve-bannon-u-s-ultra-conservatives-take-aim-pope-francis-n991411?fbclid=IwAR0rb72opqgKehNU7yViq1IbG0x03K2XPBC3uZoicBb2zob2iAE6DMcQo9Q

     Full disclosure: I am an ELCA Lutheran pastor (as is my wife who shared this with me). I consider myself an evangelical catholic, which means in my case that I am liturgical, sacramental, cross myself, and am saddened by the rift in the Western Church that occurred in the 16th century. But I am Lutheran to the core, and am not going to "swim the Tiber" as they say.

     Bannon's criticism of the Pope is significant in several ways. I recall that when there was criticism of a Pope from 1965 or so on, the response was something like "Shut up! He's the Pope!" When John Paul II showed a more conservative side, that was the response. By the way, he had some things to criticize about capitalism, but Bannon et al. seem to forget that.

    Francis seems to be receiving the same kind of criticism reserved for US Democrats and Progressives. They are being painted with the Socialist brush.

    What I find interesting is that Benedict XVI, Pope Emeritus, is weighing in., The view of Catholicism, even Christianity, as being Western instead of global is not productive. Anti-popes were something I read about in Church History classes. Perhaps another schism is being readied. Believe me, that is the last thing needed. There will be shock waves in other denominations as Bannon stokes the fires.

   

Saturday, April 6, 2019

"The Swamps of Jersey"- Michael Daigle- A Must Read


    Michael Daigle combines his experience as a journalist with impressive fiction-writing skills to craft something that could have come out of the headlines. The concept of place has always intrigued me. In this tale of a once-prosperous New Jersey city that battles natural and human-made disasters, he places realistic characters in this murder mystery. Seemingly unrelated events and clues actually fit together, and Detective Frank Nagle tries to make sense of it all.
   The author’s style is crisp and exciting. I want to read more, and heartily recommend Michael Daigle to anyone!

Bialys- Frozen, but still Bialys!

    A bialy is not a bagel. Bialys have a bottom and are baked, not boiled then baked, like the better-known bagel.      Enough with the all...