May 22, 2018

About Daniel Jepsen

Saturday Brunch, May 12, 2018

Hello, friends, and welcome to the weekend. How about some nice brunch? We even have a nice chocolate fountain: Our brunch has a theme today. I’ve been reading a little Chesterton this month, and reminded of how insanely gifted he was in expressing deep ideas with clarity, brevity, and wit. I mean, seriously, is there […]

Saturday Brunch, May 5, 2018

Hello, friends, and welcome to the weekend. Hungry for some brunch? We have lots on the brunch buffet today. Mostly lighter fare this week. But one thing we won’t be serving is this: That, my friend, is ham-flavored ice cream. Yes, an ice cream emporium in the Garden State, Windy Brow Farms, has raised eyebrows by launching a […]

Saturday Brunch, April 28, 2018

Hello, friends, and welcome to the weekend. Hungry for some brunch? In the true spirit of brunch, we have tried to offer up a little of everything: pictures, odd stories, serious issues, potty humor, beautiful cars, shower thoughts, and whatever else comes to my mind. A friend from Brazil posted this on Facebook last night. […]

Saturday Brunch, April 21, 2018

Hello, friends, and welcome to the weekend. Ready for some brunch? We’ve got some silly stuff, some serious stuff, some sporty stuff. Let’s start with a public service announcement: Scientists in New York have a polite request for you: STOP PEEING IN WALDEN POND. Well, they phrased more scienty:  It will be “prudent to further […]

Saturday Brunch, January 20, 2018

Hello, friends, and welcome to the weekend? Ready for some brunch? Have you heard about the newest, stupid fad? The Tide Pod Challenge.  People, mostly teens, are filming themselves eating a laundry pod. It’s like the ice bucket challenge, with two big differences. First, no money is going to charity. Second, a LOT of people […]

Saturday Brunch, January 13, 2018

Hello, Friends, and welcome the weekend? Ready for some brunch? The Golden Globes were last Sunday. Everybody’s talking about the big speech Oprah made — and a lot of people say she should run for president. But I don’t think President Oprah is going to  happen: Why would she choose a demotion? With a smaller […]

Saturday Brunch, January 6, 2018, Politics-free edition

Hello, friends, and welcome to the weekend. Ready for some brunch? Let’s start with some nice sporty news. The NFL regular season ended on Sunday, and the alphabet officially has more W’s than the Cleveland Browns. I think what happened is the following conversation: 2016 Browns: “Well, we finished 1-15. Can’t really get worse than […]

Saturday Brunch, Year-end Extravaganza

Hello friends, and welcome to the weekend. Ready for some Saturday Brunch Year-end Extravaganza? Well, too bad. The title lies. This really isn’t an extravaganza. I don’t know how to do extravaganzas. Heck, I had to look up how to spell extravaganza. I’m Norwegian, man! To us, toast is extravagant. But Chaplain Mike suggested the […]

What Child is This? (Advent Meditation)

Note from CM: During Advent, I have asked some of our wonderful iMonk writers to share meditations on seasonal themes each Sunday. We begin with Pastor Dan today. I am grateful for each of these friends and gifted people, and know that what they share will help us prepare our lives for celebrating the Incarnation. […]

Daniel Jepsen: The Two Pietàs, Part 2

Yesterday’s post examined the spiritual aspect of Michelangelo’s great Roman Pietà. In particular, we noted how the two figures appear idealized [despite their sorrow], reflecting the Neo-Platonic ideals of beauty on earth reflecting God’s beauty; the beautiful figures of the Virgin Mary and Jesus are echoing the beauty of the Divine. Michelangelo was not striving […]