lapses and heresies

dope joan
dope joan's misery and sin
Created 27 Sep 2021
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  • Do you feel the love?
    14 Feb 2022 2 1
    I’m a teacher, but as a side gig I coach swimming. At the pool where I work, one guy coaches the morning practices and I take over in the mid-afternoon. I learned recently that he has a niece who swim...
  • Giving yourself over
    07 Feb 2022 2 0
    When I discovered Carl Theodore Dreyer’s 1928 The Passion of Joan of Arc a few years ago, I fell completely in artistic love with the star of the film, Maria Falconetti. It doesn’t take much intuition...
  • On being sensitive
    01 Feb 2022 1 3
    Last week I was sitting in my office when suddenly I started to experience something so vividly I didn’t even quite understand that it was a memory at first. The sensation was akin to a heaving in the...
  • Getting to the crypt
    17 Jan 2022 4 1
    Because I’m always thinking about what it means to be in love, today I thought a little about what it means to be in love. It snowed last night, so I didn’t make it to Sunday Mass, but if I’d planned ...
  • Get chaste.
    07 Jan 2022 3 2
    A few days ago one of my worst nightmares happened. “I have to look at this,” a coworker whom I’ll call Bianca said, and began to roll up my sleeve to see my newest tattoo, which had been slightly exp...
  • It's Christmas,
    25 Dec 2021 4 1
    I started working part-time at the school that currently employs me about a year ago. Most of my work then involved helping in the Kindergarten classroom, but I also occasionally helped at afternoon d...
  • The God and the Gadarene
    01 Nov 2021 5 0
    A few years ago, in the first few months of rediscovering my faith, a dear friend got herself into a really awful situation with a man who routinely beat and assaulted her, and she wasn’t sure how she...
  • Mourning, weeping, and needing an attitude adjustment
    31 Oct 2021 4 6
    This week I’ve been working on getting an attitude adjustment. Embarrassingly, one of the things I struggle most with is a reflex to focus on the negative. I want it to be an occasionally useful trait...
  • Beauty, beauty, beauty, and walking backwards
    25 Oct 2021 4 0
    In the 1993 film The Sandlot, one character, Ham Porter, a rotund redhead whose face bears a spray of freckles, says to another, “You know, if I had a dog who was as ugly as you, I’d shave his butt an...
  • Life is pain
    18 Oct 2021 2 0
    Another of my favorite poems, “Dream Song 14,” by John Berryman, begins, “Life, friends, is boring.” It’s one of my favorite poems not because I agree with its general ethos and its claims both implic...
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