My name is "Anishinaabe," created 
from nothing interesting,
until Gitche Manitou cut out my heart, 
gave me a new one,
and now I walk a straight path.   
I was spontaneously selected
by Gitche's mercy and grace
for life abundant, 
but I rebel against it.
I don't know why.

I have a murderous heart,
a tongue of fire,
and a desire to steal Gitche's glory, 
but I want to make him smile,
and I don't know why.

He breathed new life 
into my loathsome soul,
purges my offenses,
and loves me completely,
but why?

He adopted me into his family,
and I call him "Abba,"
daddy, and I'm his child,
and he will never leave me.
This I know that I know that I know,
and I consent to it.     



Pavlov’s Dog

Photo courtesy of Molly Lindsey


Who Is Pavlov’s Dog?

For starters, do you know about Pavlov?  Ivan Petrovich Pavlov (1849 – 1936) was a Russian born physiologist known for his work in classical conditioning. His work has greatly influenced our understanding of human behavior and learning processes, and he continues to influence the formation of modern behavior therapy.

His contributions have influenced a broad spectrum of fields, from psychology and physiology, to medicine and philosophy, but in popular culture he is well known for his “conditioned reflex” experiments with dogs. Various stimuli would be presented as an antecedent to feeding time, and the dogs would then become conditioned to salivate upon the stimuli presented before food was actually presented.

Hence, the image (above) of my Australian Shepherd, Molly, licking her chops. All we have to do is mention “treat, snack, breakfast, lunch, or supper,” and she begins licking her lips. The other day it made me wonder who Pavlov’s dog was, but then I discovered, he had many dogs! Duh!

Oh well . . . Pavlov and Molly conspired to make me think about who Pavlov’s dog was, which inspired a poem. I hope you enjoy “Pavlov’s Dog.”

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Feast of St. John: ‘That Disciple Whom Jesus Loved’

That Disciple Whom Jesus Loved

Judas hanged himself.

James ‘The Lesser was tossed

From atop the Temple

Then beaten with a club.

James “The Greater” received

The sword, and Andrew,

Peter, Paul, Philip, and Simon

‘The Zealot’ were crucified.

Bartholomew was flayed

And then crucified.

Thomas was burned alive.

Judas (Thaddeus, not Iscariot)

Was beaten with sticks.

Matthias (Iscariot’s replacement)

Was stoned on a cross.

All were proclaiming Good News,

Save for Judas Iscariot,

Throughout torture and death.

Yet John was spared,

And what is that to you?

Said Jesus.

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Donald Lindsey