Once a Catholic

Springfield Diocese Bishop William Byrne. SUBMITTED PHOTO Originally published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette 4/2/2021 This Easter column was in the works when a love song played in my head. It served to remind me of God’s omnipresence: “It’s Always You” Whenever it’s early twilight, I watch till a star breaks through, Funny, it’s not aContinue reading “Once a Catholic”

Missing the breakfast blarney

Published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette: 3/17/2021 Irish around the world will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Wednesday. My siblings and I knew that dad emigrated from County Kerry, Ireland. His insistence that we wear green on St. Patrick’s Day was far more than a hint. One of dad’s quirks was asking teenagers: “What countyContinue reading “Missing the breakfast blarney”

Taking shots in a winter of discontent

Published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette: 3/4/2021 Spring is on the horizon and, dare I say, a majority of us are looking toward the end of this dark winter.   The arrival of a COVID-19 vaccine is a miracle by any definition. What in the past has taken up to 10 years is here in underContinue reading “Taking shots in a winter of discontent”

Battling for the soul of America

Published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette: 12/28/2020 Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Jon Meacham’s latest book is “His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and The Power of Hope.” It follows his 2019 “The Soul of America: The Battle for our Better Angels,” which offers the hope to be found in conquering America’s past divisions. President-elect JoeContinue reading “Battling for the soul of America”

The Krypton Kid

–The act of reading occurred,Like creation, in sage steps.. First awareness of selfhoodWas there. Idolatry, beyond  Teacher’s axioms and actionWords became rationality.  Take comics for instance:Captain Marvel’s, “Shazam!”  Superman’s, “Faster than…”In them I invested my youth.  In them I found me: grown up.Doing deeds I could not do,  Never would do. Before girlsIntruded, icons foughtContinue reading “The Krypton Kid”

The Russians Are Here—Nervous?

Published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette September 14, 2020 Did you hear the one about the Russian ‘tourist’ who offered a cool million dollars to a Tesla employee for doing him a favor? The KGB agent’s request was to have his mark install malware into Tesla’s computer system. Shockingly, it’s a true story and itContinue reading “The Russians Are Here—Nervous?”

“Tell the truth and shame the devil”

Published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette  July 16, 2019 When German Chancellor Angela Merkel railed against walls of all kinds in this year’s Harvard Commencement; she knew her subject. Merkel was born, raised and educated in East Germany. After the Berlin Wall was built, in 1961, she could only wonder about Democracy on the otherContinue reading ““Tell the truth and shame the devil””