Who am I?
I am a husband and father with good intentions, who loves living in the south, and being outdoors. Hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, whatever it is, I like it. At the same time I’m hopelessly addicted to Call of Duty, Coffee and books, so the value of a lazy day spent indoors does not escape me either. I am a Scout leader, a Leave No Trace Trainer and an armchair historian (WWII mostly) and I build models from time to time. I am an amateur astronomer and shortwave radio dx’er. I once got in a fight with Abby Hoffman, and I saved Mark Hamill from some rabid Star Wars fans once. I can yodel, run and read backwards and can write and understand Runes. I cannot look at a scorpion without shuddering. I like rice cakes.

What does any of that have to do with Catholicism?
Not a lot really, but then again, everything. Catholics are made up of all sorts of people. The very essence of the word “Catholic” is “universal”, so it only makes sense that we comprise such a vast array of different people. I did not grow up Catholic, I came into the church at Easter in 2001, having grown up Methodist (non practicing) and then having been Asatru for a few years. When it became clear to me what was happening, it was like all the pieces of the puzzle had become so clear, this is where I belonged from the start. Since then, my journey has taken me over peaks,down valleys and  through canyons and every last minute of the trip has been the best time of my life. This was only enhanced by the presence of the Capuchin monks who ran my Parish up until recently, and the Secular Franciscans of the St.Maximilian Kolbe fraternity who have been my friends throughout this journey. I love my church, I acknowledge it is all one great big family, but The Franciscans have undoubtedly been a center of gravitation and inspiration for me.

Why should I read your blog?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Good question, and I’m not sure I have a good or persuasive answer for you. I’m not a professional writer, I’m not a cleric, or anyone of any importance. I’m just another guy trying to make figure his way through life. Maybe I’ll say something  eloquent (or more than likely, something crass) that will open up a dialog between us and we can both learn something. Who knows? I’m just glad you’re here!



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