Musings of a 30ish Midwestern Catholic Improv Guy.

Wednesday, July 30, 2003  


I'm blogging from my parents' house tonight -- staying here and going to the opening of the State Fair, just a few blocks away. Going to get up early, go there with Dad, tour the animal barns, eat lots of stuff, eat a cream puff, and go home exhausted. Lots of fun to be had.....

posted by Dave | 8:38 PM

Alas, not true

A rumor has gotten around that the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia were about to start up operations in Milwaukee. Unfortunately, that's not happening -- not yet anyway. I called the Motherhouse, and found that out. But they are in touch with the Archbishop, apparently, so maybe someday.....

posted by Dave | 7:04 PM

Monday, July 21, 2003  

Improv Stuff

My workshop show is now on August 11 at 7:30. If you live in the Milwaukee area, come on by and see my class show off their stuff. Instead of a standard match with teams and a referee, we might be doing an ensemble showcase. I hope we do that -- the chemistry has been getting good.

posted by Dave | 10:35 PM

What Karen Said

We've got a place and a date, and a couple of possible speakers. Ideas are always welcome......

posted by Dave | 10:24 PM

Wednesday, July 16, 2003  


Actually, Poo Bear, aka Phil Abramoff, made a comment in my previous post. We worked together at IBM and went to the same prayer group, driving people crazy with our insane brand of humor in both places. A few examples:

--Totus Tuus (that was the prayer group) used to conclude its meetings with a song. Phil would do impressions of me during the singing, after which I would beat him up with a pillow. He'd laugh through it, naturally.

--We call Mormon missionaries protein.

--The Happy Clown Day Care Center,l and its curious childrearing methods.

--The Alternative Elmos. Most of them are unprintable/and or disturbing. But hilarious.

-- Beer (root beer, in Phil's case), cigars, and electronic violence.

Love eventually made Phil move to Southern California, where he met the woman of his dreams. (I can imagine Phil being the man of someone's dreams, but of the sort which requires therapy to remedy.) He invited me to be a member of the wedding party. I couldn't be flower girl liked I had requested (I had even picked out a nice muslin dress for the occasion), so I settled for being a mere groomsman. Phil & Jeannine were married
in this lovely place, with many of his friends at hand to witness the apocalyptic event.

I should warn you all: Phil's got a lot of stories about me. Some may pop up in the comments boxes if he visits again. You have been warned.

posted by Dave | 6:30 PM

Saturday, July 12, 2003  

Now appearing on the WWW...... a picture of yours truly. Let's see if you can guess which one I am in this motley crew. Please don't answer if you've actually met me, since it'll spoil the fun for everybody else.

posted by Dave | 9:06 AM

Tuesday, July 08, 2003  

Catholic Without Qualifications

In no particular order:

1) Karen Marie and I both agree that the proposed spring conference should be "Just Plain Catholic". Should we pull this off, we will be sending invites to local religious communities to set up booths and attend. Many of them will make "conservative Catholics" uncomfortable. They will likely make me uncomfortable. But I'm planning on inviting some "conservative/traditional" groups to come in as well. And then there are groups which transcend any labels -- the way it ought to be.

2) I wonder why some things are labelled "liberal" or "progressive" or "conservative" or "traditional". Properly understood, "peace and justice" issues are extremely traditional. We just called them "The Corporal Works of Mercy" way back when.

3) Catholicism means not confusing your party affiliation with your theology.

4) Problems arise when "peace and justice" issues are shoehorned into absolutely everything. At the very least, it gives the impression that we should just turn the parish into a social services agency or a collective. At the very worst, "peace and justice" becomes just one of a host of superficial terms for your average suburban Catholic.

5) Problems especially arise when our central act of worship is politicized and categoricized. Sacrifice, meal, pledge, sign, journey bread, Viaticum, Passover, adoration, sharing, community, intimacy, "becoming what we receive", Great Thanksgiving, etc. -- the Eucharist incorporates all these things, and you can't have one aspect without the others.

6) Daniel Baker is absolutely right about BeliefNet's quiz. I'll address that in another post.

7) Getting late, and I'm getting tired. More tomorrow or Thursday.

posted by Dave | 8:52 PM

Monday, July 07, 2003  

Lies, Damnable Lies, and Senator Kennedy

When I get up in the morning, I listen to this syndicated program called America in the Morning. One of their segments is called "Face Off", featuring Senators John McCain and Ted Kennedy debating some topic. This morning's dealt with the DC Voucher Bill. Senator McCain was for it, and (surprise!) Senator Kennedy was against it, asserting that the voucher programs in Milwaukee and Cleveland "failed".

That came as news to me. The Choice program here is alive and well -- no thanks to the Democrats, who shout "it's failing!" as they do everything in their power to keep it from ever becoming completely successful.

posted by Dave | 10:35 PM

Wednesday, July 02, 2003  

Thanks, all!

I've gotten a good number of replies regarding my proposed conference. Thanks to all, especially Karen Marie. We'll be getting back to you soon.

But I still need help on logistics and ...sigh....fundraising. No, I'm not asking for money. But I'm still at a loss as to how to get the needed capital. Please email me privately if you have any knowledge of such things. Thanks!

posted by Dave | 10:06 PM

Prayer Request

I'm not at liberty to say much publicly, but I'd like to ask your prayers for a friend who is experiencing severe depression. Please remember her. Thank you.

posted by Dave | 10:00 PM