Stock Photo Blues

I am beset by faces I cannot trust. They glower at me from billboards, they simper at me from screens, and look! There goes one now! Baring her teeth in the room where I wait to have the tender center of my tooth drilled out. Poor, dental stock-face. Tanned,...

Reverence and Contraception

Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humane Vitae gave the perennial “no!” to the question of whether contraception could be used without endangering and degrading the human person.  Since its release and world tour in 1968, critics have characterized the encyclical as an...

They Know Not What They Say

omewhere in the weary midwest, I drove past a billboard housing an advertisement from McDonald’s. Gluten and ground beef glared at me above an annotation reading: “100% Beef. 100% Bliss.” “Marge,” I screamed to my truck. “That’s ground for a class-action...