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About me

Industry Arts
Occupation Writer
Location Pasadena, California
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Introduction “The writer’s job is the job of a clown, the clown who also talks about sorrow.”
-- Kenzaburō Ōe

I'm an ex-barfly, Catholic convert, award-winning author, columnist and blogger.

Look for my weekly arts and culture column in ANGELUS, the archdiocesan newspaper of LA, and my monthly column, "Credible Witnesses," in MAGNIFICAT.

I also give talks around the country, lead retreats, and edit.

I write on subjects ranging from addiction to food, money, cancer, prayer and one really gnarly year where I was in such anguish I turned to the spirituality of St. Thérèse of Lisieux.

I live as a contemplative in the city: of the world, but with an ear cocked, always, to what is beyond this world. This is very very far from the station in life I once envisioned.

But as 12th c. German theologian Meister Eckhart noted: "God is greater than God."
Interests The shared meal, the confluence of the humdrum and the sublime, walking a really long way so I don't have to pay for parking, picking fallen fruit off the sidewalk, looking out the window.
Favorite Movies Winter Light, Metropolis, Greed, Magnificent Obsesssion, A Man Escaped, In the Land of Silence and Darkness, The Face of Another.
Favorite Music Bach's Cello Suites, Emmi Leisner, Sam Baker, Glenn Gould, Kris Delmhorst, Maria Callas
Favorite Books Crime and Punishment, Flannery O'Connor's Mystery and Manners, Jacques Lusseyran's And Then There Was Light, Betty MacDonald's Anybody Can Do Anything, Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Ian Brown's The Boy in the Moon.