Wednesday, January 29, 2014
I can not remember another "cool" Pope. I was raised Catholic because dad was Catholic. Mom was a good Protestant woman and took the promise to raise us in the Church to heart. We paid attention to news stories mentioning Popes and the nuns explained who they were and any news from the Vatican in class. I can not remember another "cool" Pope. Of course, as a child of the 60's and not averse to experimentation in altered states, I determined I should be a Buddhist, but first, I became an "Ex-Catholic." Anyone willing to listen could hear rants such as when they declared it was no longer a mortal sin to eat meat on Friday, I angrily called for them to extend forgiveness to all those already sent to hell for eating meat on Friday, of whom they never spoke. But I can not remember another "cool" Pope. So, lately I'm feeling a little more love for the Church...I've gone from an "Ex-Catholic" to a lapsed Catholic. No, I won't be at Sunday Mass, and you won't hear about my 10 hour confession to get right with them. But, I'm checking out Francis and liking what I'm seeing. Remember this?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ux3-a9RE1Q
Thursday, January 23, 2014
One of the late night comics was talking about the Super Bowl and noted that both teams are from the two states that just legalized marijuana. His idea was that Snoop Dogg should be doing the halftime show. Seems to me that Snoop should be doing a Doobie Duet with Willie Nelson. THAT would be a mellow show.
After living with the same being for over 30 years, conversation takes on certain patterns with little surprise and a degree of expectation and comfort. My wife and I were watching Leon Bibb tell us about Cleveland weather as we watched the snow falling outside our living room window. He explained that some airlines were cancelling flights and that, if we were traveling, we "mightawanta" call and check for delays or cancellations. I repeated the word "mightawanta" and, Ronni, my wife, said "It sounds like a small town." It did. Like Mightawanta, New York...just south of Ithaca in Tompkins County. And it had an American Indian feel to it...a place we all mightawanta visit someday. It's on our bucket list.