Author Archives: Eliot Daley

Blissed Out on a Boat

Published in SAIL magazine January, 2016 Before it all went haywire, it seemed like such a simple and straightforward situation: my wife Patti and I are sneaking up on our 80s, and our Cape Dory 30 cutter was more boat … Continue reading

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Syrian Refugees Test Our Faith

Like almost everyone I have talked to, I am embarrassed that the richest country in the world has now graciously decided to allow a paltry 10,000 of the world’s most desperate refugees onto our shores. To put this in perspective, … Continue reading

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Donald Trump: High Priest and Heretic

I was still early in my rookie year as a parish minister when I discovered people’s powerful urge for a priest who could heal them with a simple gesture. Shirley (not her real name) was a well-respected middle-aged woman in … Continue reading

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Republican Elephant Morphs Into Sheep

The time has come. The Republican party should make it official: their new mascot, the new symbol of what they stand for, is now the sheep, not the elephant. Should there be any doubt, Google the word “sheep” and see … Continue reading

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Campus Incubators of Prejudice

I didn’t realize that racism was formally enshrined in my college fraternity (Kappa Sigma, at Fresno State College) until the day in 1955 when I discovered it also honored anti-Semitism. One of my best friends from high school entered FSC … Continue reading

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How Long Will New Jersey Remain the “Garden” State?

Those who only pass through New Jersey may wonder why we would ever call it The Garden State. Our daughter learned this while introducing herself at a gathering of fellow freshmen at college; when she said she was from New … Continue reading

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Humpty Dumpty Meets Le Droit du Seigneur

The Supreme Court is now on the brink of a trifecta that will doom all corporate employees to a healthcare-version of le droit du seigneur, the medieval privilege of the employer to deflower an employee’s bride. The “Citizens United” ruling … Continue reading

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Death By Chocolate: The Tragedy, Not the Dessert

You know the scene: the cheery holiday house decorated with lights and greenery and candies and candles and people–our house filled to overflowing this week with all three of our adult children, their spouses, their children, and their dogs.  Four … Continue reading

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Putting the “F” Word In Its Place

I’ve come to the conclusion that, with few exceptions, stand-up comics who use the “F” word are simply lazy and untalented. I don’t reach that conclusion as a prude from whose lips the word has never flown, and I’ll go … Continue reading

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Who Can Best Fake Fred Rogers’ Sincerity?

With the recent announcement of “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”, an impending biopic on Fred Rogers, the internet lit up with suggestions of what actor might play him in the film.  It would be dangerously easy to underestimate this … Continue reading

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