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On a tour

My son’s Cub Scout troop toured the Advocate yesterday. I can’t say I wasn’t tempted to put a sign in the room where the Advocate does their live recording of the Advocast, it would have read, “We love to read Jared’s blog” or something like that. It was my first time to get a behind the scenes tour of the Advocate. It is quite impressive to see all the work that goes into creating the second oldest family newspaper in the State. Had Mr. Soul-mender not been on the phone, I would have stopped by his office pretending to be the latest hire and pitch a news article on something ridiculous.

Geese and gander

That old saying, “What is good for the goose is good for the gander,” true or false? What is a gander goosey?


One year, two transformative documents, two completely different theologies, and they are still in constant tension. One spoke of a Creator and the other an invisible hand. My current book is speaking about them as part of the history of economics. Interesting indeed.

1876, “Mr. Watson...”

One hundred years later, the first words spoken into a telephone were “Mr. Watson.” When my child keeps asking me something while I am busy, I may be heard saying the same thing, “What son?”

1376, “What is good for the goose is good for the gander.”

St. Catherine of Siena visits the pope in Avignon. What is commonly known as “The Avignon Papacy,” St. Catherine pleads her case that the papacy needs to move back to Rome. If you don’t know much about this mystic saint, take a look at her life, it is very supernatural.

“What happens if there is a fire?”

On the tour yesterday evening, my daughter asks our guide this question. She is very concerned that people may not get their newspaper in the mornings. Watch out Mr. Soul-mender, I foresee a newspaper consultant in the making.

Friends and Family

Enjoy them.