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As if it matters. As Jon Carroll said so aptly earlier this week,

“Maybe you just vote for someone whose ideas seem good to you — even if his wife kills trout with her bare hands.”

Lunch at Mels Diner.

The cell phone rang.

“Is that you?” said I.

“Nope. I have way more buttons than that.”

The thing is, truth is where you find it. Mostly all around you. Pay attention!

Code words: “I went to Catholic school.” I hear these and the subtext of “well, I USED to be Catholic,” comes right to the surface. I was chatting with the bartender after our Theology on Tap meeting last night, Gena (pronounced Jenna). She was charming and we shared a few laughs. She didn’t know what to expect when her boss asked her to work the Theology on Tap meeting on four consecutive Monday nights. She was amazed that over 100 young adults would gather to hear about religion.

“Where do you go to church?” she asked. I said St. Agnes, Mary said St. Dominic. Both of us said all over too. The truth is it doesn’t really matter where you go – St. So and So or Our Lady of the Perpetually Delayed – or even a bar on a Monday night. It matters that you go – and that you want to be fed, nourished, challenged, encouraged, connected, really.

I got some great photos last night. You can see them here. Feel free to join us, if you wanna, next Monday at Harrington’s Bar and Grill. Sr. Rebecca’s gonna wow us as we discuss Images of God through music and chat.

Gena will be happy to pull a draft for you! Tell ’em Sister Christer sent you.

Oh, by the way, KRON News Channel 4 did show up. They did a fabulous story on the program and we send serious kudos to journalist Valerie St. John for being with us!

Ah, for one brief moment we were gonna be famous! My office is hosting, with the Episcopal Young Adult community (see The Corner for their director’s blog) our third annual THEOLOGY ON TAP series here in San Francisco. Information can be found here about it!

Anyway, KRON, the local NBC affiliate was, momentarily, going to come interview our first speaker, Bishop William Swing and then talk to some young adults for tonight’s news. But, they cancelled out -sigh. When there’s good news, well, that’s just not interesting, is it?

I’m not much of a cynic, but I’m nervous about our media these days. Isn’t there any good news that’s worth reporting? I think there is. Check it out.

As I prepare to leave Arizona, yet again, my Godson, Colin, is practicing his scales on the piano; his mom is gathering up the laundry to throw in the washer and the six dogs are outside barking at imaginary intruders. Devin is playing Zap! on my palm pilot and Brenna is watching a Barbie video on the kitchen tv/vcr. The chickens are scratching about in their Chicken Palace and their personal architect, Jim, is at work for the day.

My bags are packed and my heart is rejuvenated by a week with loving friends and little ones who are polite and generous and just plain fun to be around. Last night, they were playing in their bedroom. Brenna, 3, was trying to climb up the ladder to the top bunk and she slipped and fell, apparently. I heard Colin, her older brother by six years exclaimed, “Brenna! You know you’re not supposed to climb up that ladder. Good thing the mattress was on the floor. You could have really hurt yourself. Now get off the ladder, please.” I’m not kidding. That’s just exactly what he said. The nicest big brother I’ve ever heard!

And my favorite quote from the week here? Well, little miss Brenna was helping me make her bed that I’d been sleeping in. I asked her to take the afghan and put it on the couch. “Okay,” she said, “But Chrissie, it’s a cover, not a big napkin!” 🙂

Cheers from the remaining moments in Apache Junction, Arizona.

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