Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Painting and stuff.

The interview.
Why haven't you been posting your art work?
  • I haven't posted my latest art work because I haven't photographed it.  I've been busy in the yard and working on some home improvements. 
What is your favorite color?
  • The sky. 
Are you happy with what you've been making?
  • Not so much - I seem to be mostly filling frames - I have several antique frames that need paintings.  I'm not all that pleased with my recent paintings.  I've decided against entering any art shows this year as well.  I'm not interested in competition or awards. 
Would you rather be doing commissions?
  • Not at all.  I've decided that creating stuff - just like writing stuff - to please someone else, or appeal to a particular audience is too constraining.  From now on everything must be done freely.
How will that affect the blog?
  • Nothing will change - I don't think I've been anything less than authentic here. 
If you were a dog, what kind of dog would you be?
  • A cat-dog. 
You have been blogging for about six years now, what has it taught you?
  • That living online isn't really living.  Many people seem to create an online persona to which they escape and reign from - as if they are major voices and influences upon culture and politics, religion and entertainment - notice I combine religion and entertainment - because many of the online personalities become entertainers - much like Oprah and other televangelists.
You think?
  • Well I just use Oprah as a popular example, but there are other entertainment personalities one might compare others to.  I'm talking about many of the for pay bloggers - the ones who use advertising and donation buttons for their work.  Not all of them of course, but many.  Many people are deluded by their own conceit.  It isn't just religious bloggers of course.  Some of the design bloggers seem to be people who would prefer to be published in a design magazine but are unknown in the industry.  It seems many bloggers have hoped to get themselves discovered and published.  In a way, they've helped legitimize self-publishing, something publishing houses once mocked is working for the budding author online.
You always seem so critical of online social networking, why is that?
  • Probably because I think it is phony - pretentious - much like characters in televised reality shows, we know someone is watching, or rather, someone is reading what we write.  Even when we are at our most honest I think we self-edit and orchestrate what we say to such a degree that we leave open the possibility that those who are reading will still like us and accept us.  It is a risky hobby for people who like to write.  Many times we face criticism and contempt for what we write.  Yet we only have ourselves to blame, for we are the ones who damage our personal reputation the most - by what we write about and how we express ourselves.  Regardless of how careful we may be of our reputation.
Did you ever read Tom Roeser, the blogger who just died?
  • No.
What do you think of anonymous bloggers? 
  • You mean bloggers who hide their real identity or use a pseudonym and tend to be critical and mean spirited, right?  I think they are like many of the nasty anonymous commenters - they are cowards and most likely disturbed people.  Young to middle aged men whose psychological profile would put them in the same category of domestic terrorist as Ted Kazinsky.
Not a few bloggers seem to have closed down their blogs.  What do you think of that?
  • I'm happy they have found that life is worth living - that they have found a life.  I'll never hear from them again.  It's strange because they kind of sort of let you into their life for awhile, asked you to pray for them and their loved ones - then suddenly they are gone.
If you were a famous movie star would you be an alcoholic drug abuser?
  • Don't be impertinent.
What do you think of priests and religious bloggers?
  • If they spend a great deal of time online they are failing in their vocation - it is a huge distraction to the spiritual life and a danger to be so concerned with friend connect and followers.  Recently a hermit priest has come online and solicits for donations and invites readers to visit - online and at his hermitage.  That is a bad start to a religious life.  
One monastery blog and website went offline - what do you make of that?
  • Personally I think it is a good idea.  The blog posted too much information and the blogger was not a seasoned monk.  They made their own problems - not as serious as Santa Croce in Rome - but their self publishing damaged their already questionable reputation.  Getting offline was the right choice.
So you don't think religious should be blogging?
  • I'm not saying that.  But cloistered religious are not cloistered if they are online all of the time, and if a priest is posting a lot, or spending most of his time online, something is wrong.
What do you think of people who asked for money to pay off student debt in order to enter religious life and then they leave the monastery?
  • I don't know what to think - I hope they paid the money back.
Who are your favorite bloggers and who are your least favorite?
  • I can't say, but I will say that I read my least favorite bloggers the most because I get the most material from them.  So in a way my favorite bloggers are my least favorite.  You can tell who they are by what I write about.  I also tend to like the blogs most traditional types dislike. Some bloggers who were once my friend, I supported and promoted, only to be betrayed by them.  Well, betrayed is a bit strong - they dumped me.  A couple of them even tried to destroy my reputation with other people - the joke is on them however, since I've already destroyed it here.  As I said, 'Yet we only have ourselves to blame, for we are the ones who damage our personal reputation the most - by what we write about and how we express ourselves.'     
To be continued.


  1. Anonymous11:18 AM


    You very well could be only half serious in your writing on anonymous blogging-- I don't know. But regardless, you may like this post in defense of pseudonymous blogging for the New Theo Movement:



  2. You have not been the same since your buddy got killed.

    Animals don't go to Heaven.

    The rabbit is dead and gone, but the simple love you had for him is tangible, enduring.

    Priests have to use secret identities because the Faithful will pounce on them like rabid dogs.

    My new online identity is an ejaculation.

    I don't hide who or what I am.

    My web site is in response to people that beat up on Priests; too long to describe, but I have them on there and dare any trad holy roller to come after me. I have already had some moron say the picture of the Padre holding the Host is proprietary.

    Your blog fills a need in people's soul. You will not know the souls you have helped to Heaven until that day.

    The love that has been so elusive in your life is what you have given to those that come close to you.

    Too bad you have not recieved what you have freely given, no strings attached.


  3. Boy, what a bunch of softball questions! How come no one asks the hard questions anymore? Where's Jiminy Glick when you need him?

  4. Andrew - I'll check it out.

    Michael - I know who you are.

    Larry - Mr. Glick is on his way to Michigan to interview you - he'll be waiting for you at the Fr. Sonaus shrine the next time you show up for confession.

    Adrienne, I meant what I said about Mrs. Palin.

  5. Sorry Larry - I'm drunk - I meant to write Solanus. lol!

  6. Andrew - thanks very much for the link - it is a very good post. Anonymous bloggers are indeed hidden gems of the universe.

    Not to worry about my POV however. My intent here is to simply blow their cigar rings back into the faces of the very pompous. I also enjoy worrying the Religious Terrorist Anonymous crowd that I will reveal their true identities.

    Just kidding... or am I?

  7. Terry - hey, I'm drunk too! What a coinkydrink!

  8. "don't be impertinent" roflol

  9. Anonymous3:32 PM

    Ter, this is brilliant...and you wonder why we love you? Don't you ever change a thang.

  10. Mr. Nelson,

    Great souls by instinct to each other turn, demand allegiance and in friendship burn.

    I know you as well.

    God be with you.


  11. Im semi-anonymous and semi-drunk.

    You can figure out who I am, it's like a family-fun game. Oh, and it actually helps if you are drunk.

    And I don't think Palin is running for Prez.. but that is just my theory.

  12. My intent here is to simply blow their cigar rings back into the faces of the very pompous

    And we are mighty glad you do, Terry. My lastest Hardonism: "The royal road to humility is strewn with the stones of humiliations". Broad road the blog, huh? lol

    You all are too funny.

  13. Anonymous7:41 PM

    doughboy, I laughed at that, too!

  14. This is one of the funniest things you've ever written - and that's saying a lot!

  15. You are so deranged it makes me jealous. BTW, is that Martin Short?

  16. Ah our dear Mr. Button. Where to begin. Should one be hurt that one is a favourite and largely unread by you or insulted that one is seen as your your adversary, one whose worth is measured only by the ability to be your blog fodder I'm probably neither so, I ask not personally but, you know, hypopatheticially.

    And moving to the middle now - I used to blog anonymously and produced far more bloggage than I presently do. I wrote anon because I was a Protestant minister writing about my probable conversion. When I came into the Church I came out of the anon closet, as it were, and promptly became a near total waste of a blogger. When I came out I developed pomp-ass ideas about those who did what I no longer did. I'm sure my views effected them considerably or perhaps not.

    Folks come and go. I suppose one can be grateful for any connection how ever brief however electronic or not. The fact is, if I fall in your category of favourite you won't even notice I'm gone, if I go.

    Now, where to end, Mr. Button? I can think of no better way to shoot us both in the foot than by quoting thusly: "Quest for indentity is a central quest of the electronic age." - Marshall McLuhan (decades before there was an Internet let alone blogs and social nonsensing)

    P.S. Let's do both keep painting.

  17. I'm so glad everyone gets my humor. Yes - it is Martin Short> LOL!

  18. Terry--
    Enough "painting and stuff". Get back to your real jlife: blogging. This just in from CNN (NO joke):

    Nepal census recognizes 'third gender'

    "In what is believed to be a world first, Nepal's Central Bureau of Statistics is giving official recognition to gay and transgender people -- a move seen as major victory for equality in a country that only decriminalized homosexual relationships three years ago.

    Among those happy to stand up and be counted in the third gender category is Dilu Buduja, 35. "I was born as a girl, but as I grew up I felt I was a boy. Today I totally feel like a man," he said.

    A great day for the rights of, er, men, huh? I have no life. Thought you might enjoy this.

  19. Uh..can't get drunk with you guys as I have a major work inspection tomorrow..but I'll just sit back and sip diet Coke and be the Designated Driver :)


  20. Good weather, Sara?

  21. Maria--

    Oh yes!! Today was GORGEOUS..quite a change from the downright NASTY weekend...had 2.5 INCHES of rain at my place over the 3 day weekend..

    Supposed to be clear and sunny the rest of the week...70's 80's like its supposed to be...now we have to watch for flooding. Have over 350 percent of normal snowpack on the mountains around me..you guys please remember Utah as we get washed out into the Great Salt Lake..

    I still won't put tomatoes out until mid June...it snowed at that time last year and broke them all down..


  22. Absolutely brilliant Terry! I think we should all take part in this interview. I am going to anyway, that is, answer all your questions as if they were posed to me, on my blog......

    I hope you don't mind? I was going to self interview with my own questions, but just to keep things on a more insane key, I thought it would be more fun to ask myself your questions, yeh?

  23. +JMJ+

    When I started exploring other corners of the blogosphere, I saw a similar phenomenon among amateurs in all fields trying to break into the professional world through their blogging efforts. It happens a lot among book bloggers--and you should have seen the feathers fly last year, when someone actually in publishing pointed out that having negative reviews of other authors' books on your blog can ruin potential relationships with people in the industry you're trying to break into. (I'd say it was the equivalent of a bishop pointing out that a popular priest blogger will probably never be ordained . . . much less canonised. LOL!)

    After about a year of that, I took another peep at the Catholic blogosphere again and was disillusioned but not really surprised to see that a couple of amateur bloggers I had loved to read had come out with their own books. They had every right to do it, of course, and given this global economy, I wish them only financial success . . . but it turned me off completely. I won't be buying their books or reading their blogs again. And now I understand why Tyra Banks had no qualms about eliminating a contestant on America's Next Top Model who admitted that she only wanted to get into modeling in order to get more exposure as a fashion designer.

    Speaking of the oxymoron that is Reality TV, I'm also now reminded of American Idol selling the idea that a Reality TV star could be a real recording star--that millions of phone and text votes will translate into millions of album sales. (There's a reason I "vote for the worst," you know!) GFC Followers and feed subscribers do not translate into book sales because what happens on a blog has nothing to do with real life.

    Then again, there does seem to be an exception where Catholic bloggers-turned-authors are concerned. It must be our respect for the mendicant tradition.

  24. Woah. Who took donations to pay off student loans and then quit the religious life? I hope it wasn't M at A.C.L.


  25. Anonymous10:03 AM


    Why does it offend you that a writer puts their words between bindings rather than just on a screen? That they would like to put something out there with a little more permanence? I mean - if Rachel Balducci writes a book about parenting - why is that bad? People can give it to each other - can keep it and ...well...som
    e people like to read books and not just blogs. Some people don't read blogs at all! Most people don't! Or Julie Davis and Happy Catholic? Why is it bad for her to collect her little favorite sayings in a book and publish them?

    Coming from a book blogger I'm honestly confused.

  26. Poysernaly...er sorry
    (that's bronx for personally)I think I find it awkward when previously non-profit blogs start selling, because blogs to me, are like going round to a mate's for coffee, I look for my comfy chair that I keep in their combox to go and sit in and have a gripe about someone/thing/place, or a prayer meeting aura if it's a priest's blog etc.
    I might turn up at the blog upset, in need of a 'hug' and the last thing you would do with a crying friend is offer to sell them some words of comfort, it just doesn't have that same semblance of authenticity attached somehow. I mean, let's just vocalise what's being offered to a suffering soul "Darling I'd love to help, that'll be ten dollars"

    See what I mean?

    Ofcourse for people who's lives are all zipperdy dooda, sail away (or should that be sell away?).

    I guess it's all down to individual choice really.

    I do visit author's blogs who parade their wares, I quite enjoy some of them too, but I'm always conscious of the fact that first and foremost, I have just entered a shop and I am seen as a potential customer. Sometimes, this alters the way one is treated.

  27. +JMJ+

    Well, Anonymous, we meet again! It's pretty brave of you to leave an unsigned comment here after Terry profiled people like you as "cowards" and "most likely disturbed." While I theoretically admire your cojones (although Terry got one thing wrong: you're not male, but female--and probably a mother . . . and Hispanic . . . and Canadian), I think we both know why I'm not going to give you any more of my time, courtesy, or good will than you've managed to convince me you were entitled to since December 2009. Now get an offline life and stop appointing yourself crusader against people you've never met, who say things you don't even try to understand, in the comboxes of blogs where you've never even properly introduced yourself.

  28. "Darling I'd love to help, that'll be ten dollars"

    Shadowlands: LOL LOL LOL LOL !!!!!!!

  29. I was waiting for the "less time in court" comment..if you are very familiar with that Martin Short skit from SNL you will get it!

    Blogger who Loves Life and Still Veils

  30. Gasp! I just figured it out! You say you're taking the summer off from blogging so you have time to brainwash us into forgetting your blog; you can't both blog and veil!


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