Tag: Roman Catholicism

Weekend In Olhão

Weekend In Olhão

Olhão, on Portugal's Algarve coast, is more than worth a visit if one ever gets a chance. We have stayed here these last few days...

Always Believe In Yourself

Always Believe In Yourself

Prepping for my trip to America next week, I'd had a FaceTime with my father yesterday. He said that the priest who'd overseen my mother's funeral has been reassigned after almost five years at that Pennsylvania parish. He was young, well-thought of, and popular. Dad was really unhappy about the priest's departure and told me … Continue reading Always Believe In Yourself

A Tragedy And A Communion

A Tragedy And A Communion

I prefer to keep this site mostly as a "refuge" from "the world" - to talk about writing, books (including, uh, yes, my own), travel, culture, and other life matters, in a friendly and intimate manner - and to leave (usually divisive) current events and (mostly bad) news for others on the net. Sometimes, though, … Continue reading A Tragedy And A Communion

Viva España

Viva España

"Hola," a guy greeted me as we strolled by his restaurant along the promenade. After I acknowledged him, as we walked on my wife shook her head. "In these places [Italy, France, and now Spain], they don't know what to make of you," she smiled. "You look like you belong here and they talk to … Continue reading Viva España

The Habits Of Sundays

The Habits Of Sundays

A lazy Sunday morning here near Bristol. It caused me to recall what "todays" were while growing up on the other side. Memories of years long past. Everyone's home life is distinctive. Back on Long Island, Sundays were special in our house. My mother maintained her routine long after I'd moved out and away, and … Continue reading The Habits Of Sundays

A Eulogy: The Toughest Writing You’ll Ever Do

A Eulogy: The Toughest Writing You’ll Ever Do

I delivered my mother's eulogy at her funeral Mass back on Saturday. It was the toughest few pages I'd ever had to write. Even harder was sharing it verbally in the church with the other mourners. After all, there are the basic facts to cover: her birth, bits on her upbringing, her marriage, her family, … Continue reading A Eulogy: The Toughest Writing You’ll Ever Do

A Stranger’s Funeral

Last weekend, at Mass the priest had announced a funeral service would take place on Wednesday at lunchtime. He also explained that the deceased would have only a small contingent of family and friends present. What really caught my attention was when he observed if any of us in the faceless congregation could make it, … Continue reading A Stranger’s Funeral

Sneak Peek: The Beginning (Warning: Contains Spoiler)

Sneak Peek: The Beginning (Warning: Contains Spoiler)

As we know, Amazon makes the first 10 percent of a Kindle book, as well as the first pages of a print version (although not nearly so many pages as for the Kindle), available for free reading online. I suspect that is gradually altering writing; I know it's impacting mine. For given that potential readers … Continue reading Sneak Peek: The Beginning (Warning: Contains Spoiler)

He Says, She Says

During our phone chat a few weeks ago (because we weren't able to get together as hoped), my uncle told me that (based on what he'd read so far) he considered what I write nicely readable. That's a good thing, though, he asserted. If it's what I want, I should run with it. But I … Continue reading He Says, She Says

Dirty Foreheads

As you may know, yesterday was Ash Wednesday for many Christians. I'm not an "obsessive." But I do try to observe reasonably. After getting ashes at church, I stopped in at a small supermarket. At the check-out, the woman cashier - in her late teens to early twenties, I guess - chatted with me briefly. … Continue reading Dirty Foreheads

“Yeh, but we don’t go to church much….”

I happened to notice recently that PBS America (meaning PBS's UK channel) will begin showing The Roosevelts on October 19. My Mom back in Pennsylvania had told me the other day that, having seen it, she had been most impressed by Theodore. I told her that made sense: he lived life at triple the speed … Continue reading “Yeh, but we don’t go to church much….”

The Keys

Happy Sunday from Marathon, in the Florida Keys. Got here at last yesterday evening: And I could, uh, much too easily get far too used to this. 😉 Whenever we travel (in America, Ireland, Italy, France, wherever), we always find a Catholic Church and attend services locally. Doing so gets you mixing a bit - … Continue reading The Keys

Religion

I snapped this photograph of Pope Francis at a Wednesday audience in St Peter's Square in September. I am probably the proudest of this photo of any I have ever taken. I still can't believe I took it. Sometimes photographic luck does go a long way: References to religion, and the lack thereof, do appear … Continue reading Religion