about Todd FlowerdayA Roman Catholic lay person, married (since 1996), with one adopted child (since 2001). I serve in worship and spiritual life in a midwestern university parish.
about John Donaghy
John is a lay missionary since 2007 with a parish in western Honduras. Before that he served in campus ministry and social justice ministry in Iowa. His ministry blog is http://hermanojuancito.blogspot.com
He also blogs reflections on the lectionary and saints/heroes/events of the date at http://walktheway.wordpress.com
He'll be a long-term contributor here analyzing the Latin American bishops' document from their 2007 Aparecida Conference.
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Category Archives: Games
In 1972, I followed the print media reports of the Fischer-Spassky match in Iceland. I was still a beginner at the game, so I didn’t really understand the moves I replayed that summer with my plastic pieces on cardboard eight-by-eight. … Continue reading
When I was a junior in college, I organized Living Chess for the University’s Winter Carnival. I was surprised the head committee liked it so. They were disappointed we didn’t continue it the following year. That said, my friend Tim … Continue reading
Last night, I almost exhausted myself shovelling a walking path to the street. Ames got ten inches yesterday, but the drift in front of the house was well over a foot. I expected the schools to be open. I wanted … Continue reading
Falsification is the principle by which a person tests her or his ideas for possible flaws. In a nutshell, a person considers a plan and then reflects on the possibilities that might derail the effort. Good scientists engage in it. … Continue reading
My readers, most of them anyway, probably don’t know there’s a US Chess League. The name of the St Louis entry? The Arch Bishops, of course. Wonder if they ever thought of getting former ordinaries Rigali and Burke to throw … Continue reading
One of my staff colleagues speaks of the demonic, of possession, of exorcism. You’d have to go to him for the details, because I don’t presently care to get them. Very early in spiritual direction, almost three decades ago, I … Continue reading
I just watched an old friend compete on Jeopardy today. My wife called and said I had to get to a tv. So I barged in on the students who live in the peer minister suite. To give you a … Continue reading
Scrabble with hot chocolate tonight. Look over on the left there. Near the end of the game, the young miss tacked “OPINION” on the end of QUILT for a personal-best 72-points on one play. Her total for the game: 353. … Continue reading
“Want to play a game this evening?” I asked the young miss. “How about Scrabble?” Scrabble, I thought. Not Uno? Where did she get Scrabble? Brit has an impressive vocabulary and she knows how to use it. And spell. She … Continue reading
My first bridge night in about a month. I played a good bit in college, then began to play again when I lived in Iowa. It has a rep for being an old person’s game. It’s probably deserved. It also … Continue reading
As surface temperatures soar to near 100 in KC, Brittany and I have foregone any earthbound activity the past few days in favor of an old favorite, Solarquest. Proving adept in other capitalist endeavors earlier this summer, Life and Monopoly, … Continue reading
Anagram some of these loony phrases into titles of liturgical music: gains due sin, a mud pain Tuba Lied Joe rat team bats toe partners a gap inclines us Number three does not refer to the pope.
I learned an early lesson as a musician: timing is critical. This is true when playing in an ensemble or singing in a choir. It is also true when learning and performing music. Tempo is critical in other areas, serious … Continue reading
Thanks, Liam, for playing. Maybe 25 was too many. I’ll tone the numbers down next time. Amanda, derived from the Latin “love” or “beloved” has “cousins” with the same meaning, but the name was invented about 300 years ago. Bobo … Continue reading