Ask Father Paul – The origin of Thanksgiving

DEAR FATHER PAUL: My family moved to America and to this area from the Middle East over ten years ago. We love America and we love it here. As I email this, it is only a few weeks until Thanksgiving 2017. Of all the many American holidays, Thanksgiving has become our most favorite. We love […]

Thanks for 41 Thanksgivings in Fayette

Unlike New Year’s, Thanksgiving is a time to take stock of life, with a view toward — not a critical assessment of unmet goals — but a grateful acknowledgement of blessings unexpected and often unmerited. In our second-hand Buick station wagon pulling a U-Haul trailer, my family and I in a dark driving rain the […]

The wall

Once in a great while, I will try an experiment in church. On the appointed Sunday morning, I will ask for a volunteer from the congregation. When the victim, er, the volunteer, comes to the front, I ask him or her to stand in a corner with his/her nose touching the wall. That, done I […]

The Magnificent

As far as he knew, he was the only one of his kind. In his entire life, he had seen no other like him in the forest. He was bigger, faster, and more powerful than all the rest. These were the first thoughts entering his mind each morning. Standing on the edge of the giant […]

The corruption of faith

When Jim Zeigler, the state auditor of Alabama, invoked the Bible to defend Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore against allegations that he had inappropriate contact with underage girls while single and in his 30s (which Moore has sort of denied), it signaled perhaps the final stage in the corruption of American evangelicalism. Zeigler claimed there […]

Roy Moore and the Augean Stables

We were going to have this conversation one of these days — if you consider a barrage of claims, assertions, denials and calls for resignation a conversation. However, I digress. We were going to find ourselves tied in knots eventually over matters plucked from a traditional moral matrix and handed over for consideration to you […]

Thanksgiving 2017

Last year marked the 25th anniversary that I have hosted Thanksgiving for family and friends. And, it’s a really big deal for me. There are people like my sister, Louise, or my dear friend, Barbara Dooley, who are effortless at hosting and cooking. I stand in awe. Barbara is flawless in how quickly she can […]

Some thoughts on sexual harassment

Is it any surprise that we’re hearing so much about sexual abuse and harassment in Hollywood and Washington, D.C., when 25 years ago many in our country turned a blind eye to the very serious allegations against candidate Clinton? Or when those same folks pretty much dismissed what he did with Monica Lewinsky in the […]

Tax reform bill helps only the well-off

I cannot imagine how or why any right-minded American could support the Republican-proposed tax reform bill. It is nothing more than a thinly veiled monetary reward to upper income earners who generally are Republicans. In fact it so favors the rich and wealthy that it is odious to most others. The bill as it stands […]

Fire TSA screeners, hire Walmart greeters

The TSA failed a recent Homeland Security audit by not detecting 80 percent of “test weapons” smuggled through Airport Security checkpoints. They beat their own 2015 record of a 95 percent flunk rate. TSA screeners earn $20-plus per hour ($40,000-plus a year), plus all of the taxpayer funded gimme government benefits. It takes many to […]

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