CM: Lenten Brunch Lite 2: March 7, 2020

Lenten Brunch Lite 2: March 7, 2020 During the Lenten season, we will offer a “lite” version of our Saturday Brunch. Each week, I will set forth one question (or set of questions) related to keeping Lent and ask us to focus our discussion on it. Last week we asked about your faith community andContinue reading “CM: Lenten Brunch Lite 2: March 7, 2020”

CM – Lenten Brunch Lite 1: February 29, 2020

Lenten Brunch Lite 1: February 29, 2020 During the Lenten season, we will offer a “lite” version of our Saturday Brunch. Each week, I will set forth one question (or set of questions) related to keeping Lent and ask us to focus our discussion on it. Today’s set of questions is simple: How does yourContinue reading “CM – Lenten Brunch Lite 1: February 29, 2020”

CM – The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: February 15, 2020

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: February 15, 2020 Happy Valentine’s Day, a day late. • Valentine’s Day wasn’t always about love The earliest possible origin story of Valentine’s Day is the pagan holiday Lupercalia. Occurring for centuries in the middle of February, the holiday celebrates fertility. Men would strip naked and sacrifice a goat andContinue reading “CM – The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: February 15, 2020”

CM – The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: February 1, 2020

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: February 1, 2020 A picture’s worth a thousand words… • • • • • • • • • • Commercial preview… • From Marketwatch • On my winter playlist… I awoke today and found the frost perched on the town It hovered in a frozen sky, then it gobbled summerContinue reading “CM – The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: February 1, 2020”

CM – The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: January 25, 2020 — Profound Thoughts Edition

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: January 25, 2020 Profound Thoughts Edition Before we pass on a few profound (and not-so profound) thoughts over the Brunch table today, allow me to share a link to a truly profound conversation between “eco-theologian” Michael Dowd and our own Damaris Zehner. Dowd blogs at Post-doom and you can findContinue reading “CM – The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: January 25, 2020 — Profound Thoughts Edition”

CM – The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: January 18, 2020

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: January 18, 2020 In 1868, Charles D. Blake took advantage of the interest in President Andrew Johnson’s  impeachment by writing a polka in honor of the occasion. Since he added no words, we don’t know how the composer felt about the POTUS or his trial. However, the fact that heContinue reading “CM – The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: January 18, 2020”

CM – The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: January 11, 2020

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: January 11, 2020 READ THIS PLEASE: I promise that this year — election year though it may be — will not find Internet Monk dominated by political themes and commentary. We won’t avoid it either, but when we deal with political matters, I will try to focus primarily on theContinue reading “CM – The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: January 11, 2020”

CM – The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: January 4, 2020 — Annual Review and Preview

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: January 4, 2020 It’s almost Epiphany, the end of the 12 Days of Christmas in the Western Christian world. Time to take the Christmas decorations down. Our friend Mike Bell thinks his neighbors might have left theirs up a bit too long. Today, we will look back on 2019 hereContinue reading “CM – The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: January 4, 2020 — Annual Review and Preview”

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: November 9, 2019

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: November 9, 2019 My Sorrow, when she’s here with me, Thinks these dark days of autumn rain Are beautiful as days can be; She loves the bare, the withered tree; She walks the sodden pasture lane. Her pleasure will not let me stay. She talks and I am fain toContinue reading “The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: November 9, 2019”

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: October 19, 2019 — Open Table Edition

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: October 19, 2019 Open Table Edition Coming back from a long trip usually takes me about three weeks to recover. This time it has been better, but it still required readjustment back into the daily work schedule and so on. Bottom line is that I’m pretty tired here at theContinue reading “The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: October 19, 2019 — Open Table Edition”