By Charlie Johnston
All scheduling issues will now be handled through Mary, the woman who helps me from Denver. Without her, the Northeast would have been a confused mess. I just can’t handle it all when I am on the road. When I was doing politics, I almost never allowed candidates to have the final public say on their calendar. Though we would review it privately, if I did not approve an event, it was not approved. That spared the candidate having to say no to anyone, prevented errors from having multiple hands making final decisions – and if there was an error, I was to blame, not the candidate. Now Mary gets to be my Charlie. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Anything I get, I will simply forward to her for disposition. One of the fun things about that system was that occasionally, someone would tell me the candidate had made the appointment – and I could say, “Well, he doesn’t have final say over it: I do.” The candidate would sheepishly (but secretly pleased) say, yes, that was true and he should have had them check with me. Hopefully, I won’t put Mary in that position, but if I do, I won’t begrudge her whatever pleasure she gets from it.
On Thursday, I went to visit a house run by two Marianitas Nuns in Opa Locka, Florida. It was small, humble, and utterly amazing. They are originally from Central America. Ecuador, I believe. What they do with next to nothing is utterly amazing – and their joy and confident faith is a pleasure to enjoy. Though they spoke little English and I, little Spanish, we hit it off marvelously. The nuns take their inspiration from Saint Mariana de Jesus Flores of Ecuador.
Over the next week, I will write of my wonderful visits to both Atlanta and Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, but I must start with the Marianitas Sisters tomorrow. As you can see from the photo at the top, they make me look like a giant. Sr. Elsie, at right, looks solemn in the photo, but has a lively, impish sense of humor. I think the photos were the only time we were together she wasn’t laughing. Sr. Doris, at left, and I hit it off immediately. I promised her I would come back – and that when I do, I will have learned to speak Spanish. She promised me she will have mastered her English. I have several marvelous stories to tell you, but these simple nuns come first, for they have been taking the next right step and being a sign of hope since before I started school. The other giant in the photo above is John Bailey, who hosted my visit to South Florida and was my best friend in grade school. I introduced him and his wife and was best man at their wedding. Best merger I ever negotiated!
A few links…
Many people wonder in the wake of the Supreme Court’s imposition of “gay marriage” on the land how soon it will be before the full-court press oppression of Christians begins. Deacon Greg Kandra, a regular columnist at Patheos, gives early evidence it has already begun.
Our friend, Bishop Rene Gracida, shares a story at his Abyssum website about the Learning Channel – which will air a show about a teenager who changed genders at two years old. Oddly, the promo says the child’s parents supported the decision. How does one make such a decision at two years old? Obviously, the child’s parents must have IMPOSED the decision. The indoctrination continues. Thanks be to God it will soon all come down. Meantime, better cut The Learning Channel out of your children’s approved watch list.
I have to say…Bristol Palin is one tough nut. I am coming to have much admiration for her. The establishment media has never apologized for the sinister glee they took in making fun of her 9-1-1 call pleading for help when she was being mugged. CNN anchor Carol Costello called the tape of the frantic call, “the best minute and a half of audio we’ve ever come across,” then invited viewers to “sit back and enjoy…” Bristol Palin’s terror. Our modern media celebrities have absolutely no sense of shame or humanity, even as they shriek about micro-aggressions. Bristol is pregnant again – and has chosen to be publicly mocked by the left rather than execute her child. God bless her. Thanks be to God it will soon all come down. I can’t stomach much more of a “progressive” left that sues and destroys anyone who dares disagree with them – and has a belly laugh when a conservative young woman is mugged and it is caught on tape. Bring it on.
(Update – this article originally stated that Jazz surgically changed genders at two years old. That was incorrect. The child started being treated as a girl by her parents at two – and has since acted as one, while beginning hormone therapies to facilitate an eventual surgical change)