Category: First Person

Note: Presentation of these texts or “accounts” of “real world” “experience” from the perspective of “individuals” going about “their” “lives” should not be taken to imply an official Ordinary Times position as to the ontological status or scientifically verifiable existence of so-called “ego.”

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On Iceland

“We’re going to Iceland. In April. I can get two hotel rooms with my points. You get the car.” So I went to Iceland. You should go to Iceland.

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The Hallmark of Dreams

My story would crest home, floating through uncertain spaces, until you would see that I am okay now. I did not accomplish everything I dreamed.

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Real America Is As It Is Made

The entire genre of “Real America” is predicated upon the rural, urgent, rough, and weird being more real than the polished humans we present


What’s Left Behind

Grandma’s house was my happy place as a child, as is the case for many people; grandparent magic is a known phenomenon.


Life, Legacy, and Divine Intervention

I know it’s never the “fault” of the person responsible for fixing it, so I always try to keep my cool when life gets in the way of my plans


Far Beyond Awareness: Autism and Acceptance

Awareness and acceptance: An avalanche of well-meaning words, both from those who take our side, and those who work at cross purposes to our very existence while claiming allegiance.


A Few Notes on COVID and Cats

I would compare having COVID to wading into a bog where you can’t see what lurks beneath the water-imagine the trash compactor in Star Wars.

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Owned On Facebook By My Mother: A Tribute

Let me tell you about being owned on Facebook by my mom, and I hope when I’m done I have adequately expressed my appreciation for her


A Parson’s Apocalyptic Journey

An apocalypse reveals what has been hidden before…and this is very clear when it comes to the church and my role as a pastor.


Not Talking About My Generation

Let us focus on the labeling and racking and stacking of generational cohort labels against each other, and how stupid that is.

The System

Growing up in the System:

There are still too many people of my experience trying to apply their “the system” to today’s problems and today’s jobs.