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Monthly Archives: April 2012

Near Sunizona.


After Reining in Nuns, Vatican Sets Its Sights on Jesus of Nazareth


TUCSON, ARIZONA – In a move long called for by religious conservatives, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has ordered Jesus of Nazareth, titular founder of Christianity and Son of God, to reform his statutes, programs and affiliations to conform more closely to “the teachings and discipline of the Church.” The Vatican […]



I love being around people, but so many are so dead-set on throwing their lives away on trivia that frequently the easiest way to have any experience of being alive is alone.  And yet no solution is more unacceptable than solitude.

Why The 19th Century Was So Lovely in the End.


Because, for all its problems, you can bet that even in a town like Tombstone, Arizona, “the rottenest place you ever saw,” in the 19th century someone somewhere in town had a bust of Goethe.

A Quotation that Actually Has Some Content.


“The Lord’s pot must be kept boiling, even if it takes the devil’s kindling.” – the Reverend Endicott Peabody, of Tombstone, on accepting gambling money.

Fracking and Earthquakes.


Human beings have become so incredibly powerful.  A 600% increase in 3.0-or-greater magnitude earthquakes in middle America with no known natural explanation for it – the USGS describes the earthquakes as “almost certainly manmade.”  The probable cause is fracking. “If you are doing deep well injection, you are altering the stress on the underlying rocks […]

Sigh. Christians.


Andrew Sullivan has been thinking about Christianity lately – what’s happening to it on a large scale.  I don’t think he’s doing a great job expressing himself on this topic, and I think he is aware of this.  I think he’s fighting the good fight, but something about it is daunting and indeed depressing. For […]

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”


I have heard this line bandied about as proof that Jesus died feeling betrayed by God – which, I will admit, is a possible interpretation, though intriguingly this saying is reported by two men – “Matthew” and “Mark,” whoever they were – who obviously thought Jesus was the Messiah and Son of God and not […]

Holbrook, Arizona.


Much of northeastern Arizona is high, dry plain, one of the landforms least appealing to me; the dryness and dustiness seemed to increase the further I got from Flagstaff, and most things looked pretty ugly by the time I rolled into Holbrook, a gray-yellow dusty town of boxy concrete buildings. I am by nature not […]

Winslow, Arizona.


I passed through Winslow, Arizona, and attempted to get a meal, which failed.  There wasn’t much in town, which seems to now hang all its hopes on the Eagles song.  A tourist shop stands opposite the famed corner, which was the only thing open in town besides a Circle K.  I stood for awhile on […]