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Essay: Citizen Jesus

Back in the ‘80s, during a holiday get-together, one of the family elders, who was known for sweeping declarations, made a sweeping declaration: “You can’t be a Republican,” she said, “and be a good Catholic.” From couch to couch, we looked at each other and smiled gently.  This woman in her 70s was upset with…

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Essay: The After

    I’ve started to think of it as The After.  I mean that time when it will be safe for me and the rest of the world to do all the stuff we used to do before Covid-19 showed up and ruined the party. The time after we’ve lived through this pandemic, those of us who do…

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List: Ten albums

  I just finished one of those challenges on Facebook, this one wanting me on consecutive days to post an image of an album that influenced my musical taste, without comment. Here, in alphabetical order, is the full list, with a tiny comment for each: Hourglass, James Taylor --- mature, introspective folk music. John Wesley Harding,…

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