Call Me By My Name

God called Mary the faithful one.

God called Gideon a mighty man of valor

Both were caught by surprise.

We get so obsessed with exterior image.

God, who created us,

calls us by a name that catches us totally by surprised.

Today, listen quietly for the voice of God,

He is whispering insights into your being,

into the totality of human existence.

Will you be present and aware enough to hear

the voice of God?



I think we can learn a lot from Taylor Swift
Think what you like, but she is one of those people
Who has enough clout to take on the impossible things.
Owed money as an artist? She will fight for fair pay.
Groped by Radio DJ? She will call the man out
And get justice!
Many of us don’t have to power
Don’t have the voice we need
To take on the giants
If you do, use it for the rest of us.
Power and influence can be a game changer, if used correctly.
Go with God, my valorous peeps!

Like Dandelions

The stage is set,

the audience is arriving, sitting down

We are undressing, redressing, getting into character

assuming our roles

Jim calls time and I take the stage, talk to the people

See how their day is, make them grow comfortable

Soon it’s time to go, I give the signal, we start to act

There are hula hoop performance, salsa dances,

excerpts from Joyce and Chekov

The living statue gives an erotic monologue

I sing a song, have my heart broken

and it’s all okay, all good

Tonight we’ll do it again

Then it’s curtain call,

we take a bow.

The audience cheers, we depart for the yellow room

They depart, we change

back into our normal selves, whatever that means

We talk with those who stay behind, clean up,

celebrate our victories, recap anything weird that might have happened

linger in the foyer, not wanting leaving

absorbing all the post-play magic that we can.

Then there are hugs and well wishes,

we get in our cars, we drive off

The next morning, when it’s not a theater night

A strange sense of loss consumes me

a grasping at the wind,

but theater is a moment, and eventually the place will cease its run

and all will move on

like Dandelions

The work never ends

God of life and passion and everything good,

bless my friends as they go on their way.

Manning Up

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Women are doing all kinds of cool stuff nowadays. They’re excelling in school, they’re stepping into previously gender-segregated arenas, being vocal about their needs.

Guys, I gotta be honest, we’re falling a little behind. We’re flunking out of school, being relationally reticent, not taking the initiative to provide for our (potential) families.

We can do better.

I love being a guy. We are a proud sex. Time to live in a way worth being proud of.