October 25, 2014

Saturday Ramblings — Oct 18, 2014 (Leaf-Peeper edition)

One of my favorite weekends of the year: Leaf-Peepers Paradise. The second weekend in October is typically near or at peak time for fall foliage in many of the places where I’ve lived. Tomorrow we will feature some spectacular pix by one of our faithful iMonks, and your chaplain himself is hoping to spend some […]

Saturday Ramblings: Oct. 11, 2014 (Beatitudes edition)

We’re going to take a little more serious tack on Ramblings today. To guide us, we’ll organize our thoughts using several of Jesus’ pronouncements in the Beatitudes. Blessed are those who mourn . . . Here, in a nutshell, is everything that is wrong with “Christian” teaching today. June Hunt, radio host and founder of […]

Saturday Ramblings: Oct. 4, 2014 (I Wish We’d All Been Ready)

Life was filled with guns and war. And all of us got trampled on the floor. I wish we’d all been ready. Forgetting that my wife was on a trip with her sister to Arizona this week, I woke up and saw that I was alone in the bed. I wish we’d all been ready. […]

Saturday Ramblings: September 27, 2014

It’s a beautiful fall Saturday in the Midwest, and I am rambling around Chicago this weekend, reuniting with friends and classmates from my junior high and high school days. I graduated from high school in 1974. That was in Baltimore — I moved at the beginning of my senior year. But I have always considered […]

Saturday Ramblings — September 20, 2014

Happy Saturday, fellow iMonks! We’ve had simply gorgeous early fall weather here in central Indiana this past week. It’s enough to make a person want to start rambling. So here we go . . . • • • Let’s start with Paul Penley, who’s certainly got guts. Who makes a statement like this on an […]

Saturday Ramblings — September 13, 2014 — Quotes from the Week

“It’s horrible to see smoke pouring from wounds in your own country from such a fantastic vantage point,” [Frank Culbertson] wrote. “The dichotomy of being on a spacecraft dedicated to improving life on the earth and watching life being destroyed by such willful, terrible acts is jolting to the psyche.” • “The Story of the […]

Saturday Ramblings: Sentences Edition — September 6, 2014

Today, each entry in Saturday Ramblings shall consist of a single sentence. I have no idea why. I also have no idea why anyone would expect Victoria Osteen to say anything that wasn’t silly and theologically unsound. You know the dog only did this so they could call him the pyromaniac pooch. I was not […]

Saturday Ramblings: Labor Day Edition, 2014

Happy Labor Day weekend! In my heart, mind, and body rhythms, this weekend will always be the end of summer. However, here in Indiana, where we have an abomination called a “balanced school schedule,” we are already a month into fall. In fact, on July 31 my grandson announced to me that he was going […]

Saturday Ramblings: Simpsons Marathon Edition — August 23, 2014

Good morning, iMonks! If you have cable or satellite and have the FXX network, WHAT ARE YOU DOING READING SATURDAY RAMBLINGS? Why aren’t you watching the FXX Simpsons Marathon? For the remainder of the month, basic cable newcomer FXX is celebrating its status as the new, exclusive, syndication home of The Simpsons by airing every […]

Saturday Ramblings — August 16, 2014

Hello, fellow iMonks. It has been a sad, scary week in the world’s news. Iraq. Gaza. Ferguson, Michael Brown. Robin Williams. Ebola. Kevin Ward. Ukraine. Suffering right before our eyes on the TV screen and a whole world of hidden suffering we can scarcely imagine. With all the bad news, we’ll seek respite in a […]