Both of these comics tell us things we already know, but I appreciate the reminders.



the way I was

This was me in high school. Just sayin’.


house calls

I remember Dick’s TV coming to our house to fix the television (it was normally Dick himself). And I remember a house call from the family doctor’s office on a Saturday when I was sick. Those times really did exist!


Doonesbury revisited

I complained rather bitterly here when Gary Trudeau stopped doing new Doonesbury comics and his syndicate began doing reruns of the earliest strips. But you know what? I’m enjoying them. The strip was much more crudely drawn in those early days, but the humor is sharp. More importantly, the content reflects the values of the 1970’s. I loved the 1970’s when I was there. I still love the 1970’s. So I’m really getting a kick out of those old Doonesbury strips.

Did I tell you how much I love the 1970’s?



For those of you who always thought that “Footsteps in the Sand” was too mawkish and syrupy, and for those of you who are aggravated by the evangelicals who believe that the earth is only six thousand years old and that humans and dinosaurs coexisted, Enjoy!


who are Episcopalians?

I love this, courtesy of the folks at Episcopal Church Memes. I’m afraid there’s a lot more truth to this than many of us Episcopalians would care to admit.


looking deeply

Holy Molé is a relatively recent addition to the San Francisco Chronicle comics page. Sometimes I find it annoying, and sometimes it absolutely nails it. This strip says volumes about the human tendency to scan the horizon when what you’re looking for is right there in front of you. I know it’s a tendency that I have.

This is a good reminder about mindfulness and paying attention to what’s close by.


if Shakespeare had written Star Wars

I don’t normally duplicate what I’ve posted to Facebook here, but a number of my blog readers are not friends on Facebook, and this is too good not to share widely. So to my Facebook friends, I apologize for the duplication.

starwarsThere’s a new book out called William Shakespeare’s Star Wars. The author has taken the original movie, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, and written the story in Elizabethan English using iambic pentameter.

A segment from the NPR radio program Here and Now interviews the author and the staff of the show reads excerpts from the book. If you are a Star Wars fan, one who appreciates Shakespeare, or both, you will love this.

This absolutely begs for an audio version. I hope one gets produced soon, but with different voices for each character, not a single reader for the entire book, as most audio books are done today.


I’ve long been familiar with Coffee with Jesus, since a couple of my Episcopal Facebook friends tend to share it frequently. It’s only recently that I’ve clicked Like on the source for the comic strip, Radio Free Babylon. The reason I did so was because of this one, which hit a bit too close to home (which CWJ frequently does). I’ve written about the house two doors down, where the wife has created something of a boarding house to make the mortgage, since her husband (whom I have not seen in ages) is not providing income due to his substance abuse. The boarders are not exactly young professionals, or even college students. They are, my guess is, mostly involved in recovery programs of one kind or another, and I tend to turn up my nose and look the other way.

That’s not quite what Jesus would have done.


which Borg?

I realized that I haven’t published a strictly humorous blog entry for quite some time, so I thought I’d share this with you. It’s from Facebook, as I’m sure you can tell. If you’re familiar with the work of Marcus Borg and if you know Star Trek: The Next Generation this should give you a good laugh. If not I apologize, and please stop by again tomorrow for a far less nichey Sacred Music Friday.


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