Saturday, July 11, 2020

COVID-19 Diary: Day 120

Dear Old Blog, 

 Mitt Romney is spot-on in this tweet about Trump commuting the sentence of Roger Stone:

Love,
Paul

Friday, July 10, 2020

COVID-19 Diary: Day 119

Dear Old Blog,

Trump commuted the prison sentence of Roger Stone today.

It's one more in the endless list of reasons why Trump must be soundly defeated on November 3.

Respect for the rule of law must be restored.

Love,
Paul

Thursday, July 09, 2020

COVID-19 Diary: Day 118

Dear Old Blog,

On June 24, I wrote in this space about the "Five Questions" series that I have been producing for work during these quarantine days.

Here is the second video in that series: "Five Questions with Paulist Fr. Rich Andre" (hosted by my buddy Mike Hayes):

 

Love,
Paul


Tuesday, July 07, 2020

COVID-19 Diary: Day 116

Dear Old Blog,

The great composer Ennio Morricone died yesterday at the age of 91.

Like so many, Morricone's wonderful music for the film "The Mission" touched my heart, and brought tears to my eyes, many times.

In fact, Eric and I had "Gabriel's Oboe" from "The Mission" played for our assembled guests prior to the beginning of our wedding service in 2013. It was performed by James Mobley, who then played oboe at our parish, the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, in New York City.

Here is James playing "Gabriel's Oboe" again in 2014:

 

Love,
Paul

Monday, July 06, 2020

COVID-19 Diary: Day 115

Dear Old Blog,

I'm sorry this has to be spelled out:

Donald Trump is a racist.

He says racist things. He supports racists. He has racist policies.

There are people in our own families who support Donald Trump.

Those people enable his racist statements. Those people enable his support of racists. Those people enable his racist policies.

So, those people are also racists.

The Trump supporters are racists.

I'm sorry if they are members of your families. I'm sorry that some of them are members of my family. 

But, bottom line:

If your sweet grandma supports Trump, your grandma is a racist.

If your Wall Street-working brother supports Trump, your brother is a racist.

If a cousin of mine supports Trump, that cousin of mine is a racist.

This is how it is.

And, racists should hang their heads in shame. They should repent and turn away from Trump before our country is damaged further.

Love,
Paul

Sunday, July 05, 2020

COVID-19 Diary: Day 114

Dear Old Blog, 


We need you to stay alive to vote for Joe Biden in November.

Social distance and wear masks, dammit! 

No parties! Go home! Stay home!

Love,
Paul 

Saturday, July 04, 2020

COVID-19 Diary: Day 113

Dear Old Blog,

Happy Independence Day!

I spied this video about "Strawberry Pretzel Salad" on Facebook today. It made me homesick for summertime picnics in Western Pennsylvania:

   

Love,
Paul

Friday, July 03, 2020

COVID-19 Diary: Day 112


Dear Old Blog,

Eric and I watched "Hamilton" on Disney+ tonight.

It was superb.

It was our first time seeing the musical. At the time we moved to Orlando, we thought the tickets to the Broadway show were still too expensive. We were waiting for the price to go down a bit more.

Lin-Manuel Miranda (our one-time neighbor in NYC's Washington Heights) really is one of the great talents of our time.

Love,
Paul

Thursday, July 02, 2020

COVID-19 Diary: Day 111


Dear Old Blog, 

This evening, I finished watching Season 3 of "The Handmaid's Tale" on Hulu.

That means I binged all three seasons in 14 days.

It is a very compelling but very disturbing story. The spot-on cinematography enhances both of those qualities.

It disturbed me as a person of faith. Watching the abuse of religion in "The Handmaid's Tale" makes me want to be more genuine and authentic in my own religious practice.

"The Handmaid's Tale" has stirred me a desire to never let religion be a tool for hurting women or anyone.

This story also makes me want to be even more political, to do more to stand up to the affronts to our democratic republic happening in our own time.

Now, where to start?

Love,
Paul

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

COVID-19 Diary: Day 110

Dear Old Blog,

Today is the one-year anniversary of our move to Lake Nona, a section of southeast Orlando, FL.

Here are two photos I took on July 1, 2019, as we moved in:

Exterior of our house in Lake Nona

Eric at our front door

Love,
Paul