To Whom Shall We Go?

2 years ago with 14 comments in Uncategorized
From today’s Gospel: From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.” – John 6:66-68 “To whom shall ...

A Nice Stink

3 years ago with 50 comments in Uncategorized
Dear Readers, It’s a Saturday night, I’m at the coffee shop, and the girl at the open mic is singing “It’s the Most Wonderful Time Of the Year,” which is a lie because it’s winter, and winter is not summer. Have I ever told you how much I hate winter? And bad sopranos? Anyway, it’s as good a time as any to tell you where I’ve been for the last ...

Beyond the Misconceptions About Depression

3 years ago with 12 comments in Uncategorized
Reader E.V. sends along an interview with Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, author of The Catholic Guide to Depression. I haven’t read the book yet, but this is the second time it’s been recommended to me, and the interview is full of gems of good sense. On overspiritualizing the problem: I think most therapists have had the experience of Christian patients who prematurely ‘spiritualized’ what ...

Wednesday Tweet Digest, Vol. 10

3 years ago with 2 comments in Uncategorized
The best (according to me) tweets I have twitted over the course of the previous week or so, as a momentary stay against the essential evanescence of twitter. I just did a quick Alt + Tab so the random cafe passerby would see that I was actually writing, and definitely not on facebook at all. — Joseph Prever (@stevegershom) September 12, 2014 The safest thing is to limit yourself to ...

Interpretive Overdrive: A Checklist For Neurotic Introverts

3 years ago with 20 comments in Uncategorized
Good working definition for a neurotic: someone whose Interpretive Faculty is perpetually on overdrive. Observe, gentle reader: Normal person in the car:Hey, I know this song. [enjoys, sings along badly] Neurotic in the car: Should I turn on my Aphex Twin CD? But I’ve been wondering lately whether I am losing sight of how to appreciate beauty, so maybe listening to Aphex right now will ...

Free StupiDoodled Bad Poems, This Month Only!

3 years ago with no comments in Uncategorized
A StupiDoodle is a bad, stupid picture that I make for my Patreon backers. Some of them are better than others, but they are all bad and they are all stupid. Anyhow, Amos J. Hunt and I have a special deal this month. Remember Amos J. Hunt, of the Grackle? Well, here is the deal: Anyone who follows both Amos and me on Patreon this month will get a customized collaboration from both of us. He ...

Wednesday Tweet Digest, Vol. 9

3 years ago with 2 comments in Uncategorized
The best (according to me) tweets I have twitted over the course of the previous week or so, as a momentary stay against the essential evanescence of twitter. Being smart won’t get you into heaven. But neither will being stupid. — Joseph Prever (@stevegershom) September 5, 2014 I like it when things happen that I hate, if I knew they were going to happen. This is because I am a human ...

The BFDZ

3 years ago with 11 comments in Uncategorized
So I went on a little depression-bender the other night. “Bender”, hah, it’s fun to call it that, like it’s something I did because I’m wild and unpredictable and because consequences shmonsequences! A bender is something that is, at least in theory, enjoyable in the moment, but you pay for it later. My depression-bender wasn’t like that. I did pay for it ...

Wednesday Tweet Digest, Vol. 8

3 years ago with 1 comment in Uncategorized
The best (according to me) tweets I have twitted over the course of the previous week or so, as a momentary stay against the essential evanescence of twitter. Brain is all "sleep? No thx, way too tired. Besides, worrying is a lot like sleep, let's do that" — Joseph Prever (@stevegershom) August 27, 2014 Like I only have room for ~4 things in my brain at a time but with 5 ...

Edge Cases

3 years ago with 12 comments in Uncategorized
It didn’t seem weird to me as a kid1 that one of the things I loved to watch was Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung, the version my dad, the most accomplished music appreciator I have ever known, taped from PBS. The scene that stands out in my mind is the one between Alberich and the Rhinemaidens, recounted below — I looked up the names so I don’t sound too dumb, but the ...