Author Archives: Steve-O

The Future of Christianity is Punk

Here are a few noteworthy paragraphs behind the thesis of the provocatively titled New York Times opinion essay from Dr. Tara Isabella Burton. * More and more young Christians, disillusioned by the political binaries, economic uncertainties and spiritual emptiness that have … Continue reading

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Mermaids returning to Montana tiki bar as it reopens

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — For patrons at a Montana tiki bar that has a back wall of a window into a motel swimming pool, it’s typical to see mermaids in the water five nights a week. So as the … Continue reading

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Tenor’s Prayer

By Steve Beard Perhaps no singular image better captured Easter under the treacherous cruelty of the coronavirus than Andrea Bocelli performing a solitary sacred concert in the spectacularly cavernous Duomo di Milano, the cathedral in Milan, Italy. By the time … Continue reading

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Wendell Berry: The Poet of Place

Wendell Berry in Garden & Gun When I was young, I picked up some expert’s advice that a writer needed to write facing a bare wall so as not to be distracted. And so I tried writing in a library … Continue reading

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The world’s a mess, and X is back

Excerpt from Randall Roberts of the Los Angeles Times (April 22, 2020): In early March, the four original members of X sat in the mixing room of an Eagle Rock recording studio recounting the how and why of “Alphabetland,” their … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Bettie Page!

Ah, those jet-black Bettie Page bangs. Sixty years after they were immortalized on a pin-up icon, you still see them on the pale hipster lovelies with the cat-eyed glasses. That is just one of the lasting manifestations of Bettie Page’s … Continue reading

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I miss singing in church

By Tish Harrison Warren Excerpt from New York Times: For Christians, the most holy thing on earth — more than communion, the Sistine Chapel, the Holy Grail or the Rocky Mountains — is the human body. This is, in part, … Continue reading

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The Cross

I was in elementary school when I first grasped that the death of Jesus was a big deal. On Good Friday, my mom and dad signed me out of class in time for the noon church service. It was somber … Continue reading

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Where is God in a pandemic?

By James Martin … The sheer horror of this fast-moving infection is coupled with the almost physical shock from its sudden onset. As a priest, I’ve heard an avalanche of feelings in the last month: panic, fear, anger, sadness, confusion … Continue reading

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Dropkick Murphy’s saves quarantined St. Patrick’s Day

To throw even more abnormality into this St. Patrick’s Day, the Dropkick Murphys were unable to play their traditional show in front of their home town crowd of friends and family in Bston. Thankfully, the punk rock/Celtic folk band turned … Continue reading

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