confession

personal narratives

"I realized I could follow the progress of my fast by keeping an eye on the moon every night..."

Hunger Is God’s Food

Praise the Lord and pass the leftovers—but not before the end of Ramadan.

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Bedtime Stumblings

Somewhere between Jedi and G.I. Joe, there must be an explanation.

Raphael, Saint Michael and the Dragon, c. 1503 - 1505

The Snake Hunters

You can only fight what you can see.

by bamakodaker via flickr

Christian Dojo

A high kick to the anti-Christian tendencies of an aspiring Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.

Gabriela Camerotti via Flickr

Awakening

A ferry ride into the fog of Alzheimer’s.

Raphael's "St. Paul Preaching in Athens" (1515).

Totally Evangelical

First Jesus, then Sylvia Plath, then pot. And so on.

"For a kid who struggled with a sense of shame, I’m amazed at how shamelessly I pursued some of these guys."

Second Man on the Moon

Forty years after the moonwalk, a reflection on a childhood obsession for fame, a friendship and one more autograph.

MinusIroner via Flickr

Religious Education

A Catholic mother’s faith made genuine by doubt.

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Jesus Is Just Alright

A crack in Kevlar cynicism reveals a time of tripped out mysterium tremendum in Southern California. A new excerpt from the new KtB collection, Believer, Beware.

A Pre-Pubescent Messiah

I Was A Pre-Pubescent Messiah

On my days of divine immortality in Queens.

Not so fast.

Birth Is Suffering

The Buddha named his son “Fetter” for a reason.

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Austin

The Inquisition

Being voted off the Presbyterian island is no fun, even if it’s only temporary.

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Ways I Have Been a Bad Meditator

Itch. Sex. Shush!

By roboppy via Flickr

My Big Fat Jewish Pregnancy

One woman’s navel-gazing over the meaning of Jewish life.

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All I Ever Wanted

A skeptical vacationer laments the lack of cock fighting at Club Med.

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Cartwheels in a Sari

When you grow up cult, you learn to keep your mouth shut.

Images courtesy of the author

Bedlam Backwards: My Haggadah

A family Seder where “Next year in Jerusalem” really means next year in Jersey.

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A Hundred Unspoken Rules

Bloodlines bridge the divide between belief and disbelief.