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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Things With Acronyms

I don’t drink. I don’t drink coffee. The only drugs I’ve ever taken are… powerful stimulants. Funny how that happened.

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The End of the Beginning

Forty is do or die, give up or hold out, wind up or wind down. It’s the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning. Forty is the precipice between “can I see your ID” and free coffee at McDonalds. If life were a cheeseburger, forty would be the patty

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It Really is All About the Money

Pretending to be bewildered at the failure of recruitment and retention efforts while denying that compensation plays a role is bad business, even for government.

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Down in New Orleans

The city has been destroyed many times over, by war, fire, disease, and flood. Each time, she comes back to life, more vibrant than before but with another layer of rich history atop her deep and storied façades.

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A Polish Joke

The whole point was to see myself through other eyes, note the differences in perception, and try to understand where they come from.

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A Vigil for Lyra McKee

Lyra McKee was the personification of Northern Ireland’s post-Troubles potential.

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The Laundromat: A Study In Human Despair

I hear tell of laundromats designed to take the misery out of the experience, with pool tables, food, even a bar. But in Small Town, Nowhere USA, you get stale cheese crackers and the spectacle of human misery for entertainment.

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Lent!

I can’t believe it’s time for Lent again. As you know, this is when we listen to a lovely rendition of Ave Maria (as well as something somewhat less timeless) and, in recent years,...

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I, Too, Became That Parent

We never thought that we would be the type of parents to consider private school. And yet.

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The Miracle Pot Pulled Pork Project

Believe it or not, you can make some amazing pulled pork in this thing. It’s not the same as bbq cooked for hours in a smoker, but it’s still pretty fantastic.

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