An insightful essay…

... that should be required reading for all on both sides of the gun debate. Some excerpts from "The Psychology of Guns" by Dr. Joe Pierre, written in 2015 after the Umpqua Community College shooting in 2015: Another mass shooting, another call for more gun control. And yet, if the past predicts the future, those calls... Continue Reading →

What the world needs now…

... are filters. I don't mean for coffee or air. I mean for thoughts and feelings, ideas and emotions. Here's an apt reflection for today in Give Us This Day: Filter It in the First Place For me, one of the scariest things about aging is the potential onset of dementia. It terrifies me to imagine the... Continue Reading →

“This just can’t go on . . .”

Deacon Greg Kandra's homily last Sunday is worth a read. Contrary to what some folks seem to allege, neither he nor I (here's my homily at St. Agatha's) are proposing that better gun control laws and their enforcement are THE answer. But they reasonable limitations on the most destructive firearms regulation of ownership and legitimage4 use have to... Continue Reading →

Aspirin or coughing?

If you have the least suspicion that you're having a heart attack, the most important life-saving measure is to call 911 - get help immediately. While you're waiting, is it better to cough or take aspirin? Contrary to a popular and misleading "urgent" message that's been circulating in cyberspace since 2003, that recommends coughing as... Continue Reading →

Uncountable? . . . guns vs cars

Guns vs people. The question of how many has been in the air recently. PolitiFact recently noted that it is not true, as some have claimed, that there are more guns than people in the U.S., as has been claimed. Oh, goody. Turns out there are an estimated 327,236,921 people in the United States -... Continue Reading →

Becoming Informed . . .

When talking about guns it's very easy to shoot from the hip. Emotions on both sides tend to rise quickly and dominate, making reasoned communication impossible. Sadly, impassioned rhetoric soon plays itself out and grows ineffective, especially in the face of well-organized and well-funded opposition. I think it's extremely important to be informed before engaging in any kind of dialogue so... Continue Reading →

“Neither Black nor White …”?

"Cosmopolitanism" means, quite literally, that we are all citizens of the cosmos. Equality, in itself, is a very relative, even slippery, concept. It often means whatever the speaker wants it to mean. It may be more reasonable to speak of how relationships among all people would play out in a world as God intends it.... Continue Reading →

Mini-Epic Poetry

In addition to teaching and research, Nicole Coonradt also writes poetry of extraordinary depth and concise expressivity. Here are two recent "Mini-Epics," in which classic stories (with a twist, of course) are told with brevity and pointed wit. CHILDREN OF AN IDLE BRAIN I am sad Hephaesta, marked in the womb to limp the world... Continue Reading →

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