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Has Jesus Been Left Behind?

As we approach another Christmas season, it would be good to take stock of the basic teachings of Jesus and how they apply to the extreme political conflicts we are currently witnessing. Here are some of my thoughts on this … Continue reading

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On Taking the Wrong Path Again

In January I went hiking with a friend in Hillsborough River State Park (north of Tampa, Florida). It had rained the night before, so some of the trails were flooded. We enjoyed seeing the transition from winter to the beginnings … Continue reading

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Hope for Food Despair

I grew up in an Italian family that loved food. Shopping for high-quality, fresh ingredients was always a top priority. My mother and grandmother were excellent cooks. Most of our meals were a celebration of tasty, home-made foods. An important … Continue reading

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Finding My Way in the Dark

I have had a tough summer. I got lost in feelings of loneliness and depression. And then felt shame for feeling lonely and depressed. I didn’t like how I felt or who I was. Ugh… As I struggled to find … Continue reading

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Behold the Flower

Behold the Flower I love nature and I love flowers. Wild orchids are among my most favorite. I have grown a small collection of orchids since high school. Over the past several weeks I have been watching a flower bud … Continue reading

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Damned for the Sins of Sodom

Who Are Damned by the Sins of Sodom? In my last Blog, I discussed a whole series of sweet experiences with dear friends and total strangers on the day of the St. Pete Pride Parade. I have continued to find … Continue reading

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Intimate Encounters at PRIDE

Intimate Encounters at PRIDE I continue to explore what intimacy and sexuality mean in my life. And I keep finding that it’s usually not what I think it will be—I keep getting surprised. Yesterday, I went to some St. Pete … Continue reading

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Mistaking Sex for Intimacy

Mistaking Sex for Intimacy — Making Amends WARNING: ADULT CONTENT In 2012, after a long stretch of unhappiness and depression, I began actively exploring the intersection of spirituality with erotic energy, sex, and intimacy. My quest was not just another … Continue reading

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Forty Blogs for Forty Days of Lent – Conclusion

After Blogging for Lent: Kindness WARNING: ADULT CONTENT It’s been more than two months since I last wrote for my blog. I learned a lot about myself by writing those 33 blogs during Lent. I took a lot of risks … Continue reading

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Forty Blogs for Forty Days of Lent – Day 33

A Queer Holy Week WARNING: ADULT CONTENT Tonight, after church, I watched a video of a Quaker discussing how Jesus affirms her queerness.* As friends say, she speaks my mind. Most of my adult life, I have thought of myself … Continue reading

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