Links to chicken soup recipes; with reminiscences of a soup-and-sandwich restaurant that’s long been part of the Springfield culinary (and political) scene

Elected official from Chicago (center left) drops by the Feed Store in 2016 (Facebook). My latest quest for new chicken soup recipes started, like so many other good things in my life, with a Facebook thread. This one ranged over ethnic recipes, starting with an original post about making chicken noodle soup, with kluski noodles … Continue reading Links to chicken soup recipes; with reminiscences of a soup-and-sandwich restaurant that’s long been part of the Springfield culinary (and political) scene

Well, apparently I’m still on FB but this latest false alarm has me hitting the reset button on how I use social media

Screen grab of official-looking false alarm I received, Dec. 9, 2022 This is embarrassing: After getting repeated warnings, like the one shown above, that if I didn't turn on "Facebook Protect" I would be locked out of my Facebook account Tuesday, Dec. 20, I made copies of the files I wanted to save, said my … Continue reading Well, apparently I’m still on FB but this latest false alarm has me hitting the reset button on how I use social media

‘A Mild Touch of the Cancer’: In which I learn to use the ‘C-word’ from an ‘ex-comedian’ and blogger in New Zealand

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2Wv_wwFH1I David Downs, TEDxAuckland, Auckland, New Zealand, April 11, 2019 Like so many people of my generation, I didn't even want to hear about cancer. Too upsetting. If I saw the word in a headline, I'd scroll down to the next story in the directory. But after I got my diagnosis, I went online to … Continue reading ‘A Mild Touch of the Cancer’: In which I learn to use the ‘C-word’ from an ‘ex-comedian’ and blogger in New Zealand

One final upthrust middle-digit salute from Facebook’s (nonexistent) customer service operation

Readers who have followed Ordinary Time and/or seen it linked to my Facebook account are no doubt aware of my ongoing struggle with two-factor authentication. To recap briefly: FB will lock me out of my account unless I activate something called "Facebook Protect," but to do that I have to supply an updated password. And … Continue reading One final upthrust middle-digit salute from Facebook’s (nonexistent) customer service operation

An old workshop poem brings back cherished memories of my father and a writers’ workshop in the Quad-Cities

Here's something I found when I was going through my Facebook photos prior to being locked out of my account (long story, you can read about it HERE if you're so inclined. Or not). It's a JPEG copy of a draft poem I wrote during a creative writing workshop at the Mississippi Valley Writers' Conference … Continue reading An old workshop poem brings back cherished memories of my father and a writers’ workshop in the Quad-Cities

‘Same song, second verse …’: Why I’ve finally had it up to the keister with billionaires, whiz kids and social media

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmSoREiG23M 'Morning Joe' show, MSNBC, Dec. 16, 2022 When the dust settles over Elon Musk's attempt to run a social media company singlehanded, as surely it will, I want Katty Kay of BBC and MSNBC's Morning Joe show to write the obituary. Her comments in the middle of a brilliant segment on the subject (beginning … Continue reading ‘Same song, second verse …’: Why I’ve finally had it up to the keister with billionaires, whiz kids and social media

Of the Holy Trinity, the presence of Christ in faith and the stories we tell

Luther's Small Catechism, 1529 (Wikimedia Commons) God for us, we call you Father. God alongside us, we call you Jesus. God within us, we call you Holy Spirit. —Richard Rohr OFM The Holy Trinity landed in my inbox this morning and told me a story. Well, that makes it sound a little too dramatic and … Continue reading Of the Holy Trinity, the presence of Christ in faith and the stories we tell

Pilgrims: Reading about a pilgrimage on Spain’s Camino de Santiago as I set out on my chemotherapy journey

Pilgrims on the Camino del Norte, Spain (Wikimedia Commons) After my first round of chemotherapy Tuesday at Southern Illinois University's Simmons Cancer Center, I was asked how it went. I think my answer surprised us both (I know it did me), and the conversation went a little bit like this. "I liked it," I blurted … Continue reading Pilgrims: Reading about a pilgrimage on Spain’s Camino de Santiago as I set out on my chemotherapy journey

Does Senator Warnock’s re-election testify to the transformative power and witness of the Black church? I think it does

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-oS1ycq9RM Segment on the 'Morning Joe' program, Dec. 7, 2022 Growing up down South in civil rights days, I was able to watch the transformative witness of the Black church in action. I watched it from a safe distance -- my home town was middle class and lily-white -- but when the high school in … Continue reading Does Senator Warnock’s re-election testify to the transformative power and witness of the Black church? I think it does

Ringing in the new (church) year on St. Andrew’s Day with the daily prayer and meditation on an Irish Jesuit website

Pietro da Cortona, 'Calling of St. Peter and St. Andrew,' ca. 1626-30 (Wikimedia Commons)  One of the few things I remember clearly from my confirmation classes 50-plus years ago in an Episcopal church is the date of St. Andrew's Day. Somehow it lodged in my preadolescent brain, when I wasn't wisecracking about the wives of … Continue reading Ringing in the new (church) year on St. Andrew’s Day with the daily prayer and meditation on an Irish Jesuit website