Author Archive: Howard Duncan

Howard Lee Duncan is a senior citizen widower in his 8th decade of life (70s) who was married for 36 years to his only wife Jill. He lives on 40 acres of the Great Basin Desert in an owner built solar powered home. He has three children who have left the nest and are now too far away. After an Episcopalian childhood, his teen years brought on the disease of agnosticism with occasional bouts of atheism. He entered the Church in 2010 and says he has felt at home ever since.

His working life included Forest Fire Truck Driver, Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa building schools, Motion Picture Cameraman in industrial films and while in the U.S. Army, production assistant to a Producer in Hollywood, Professional Still Photographer, Photo Lab Technician, Postal Service Letter Carrier, Computer Systems Analyst in business and government, Computer Consulting, Owner of an Internet business, Web site creation.

His educational background is mostly self directed reading and experiential but does include; A graduate of the London School of Film Technique, London, England, AA degree in Business Data Processing with an additional course in accounting, Seminars and technical classes.

He now spends his days in local parish church work and Right to Life groups, Internet conversations with new friends and old enemies of the Church.

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What Can a Large White Rabbit Show Us?

What Can a Large White Rabbit Show Us?

| 03-31-AD2014 | [15]

A while back I was, as was my habit, reading a popular blog and the comments about the current post there. The usual religious skeptics were there and they always capture my attention. One person in particular caused lots of reaction with this comment: If I said to you that I have an invisible rabbit […]

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Bob Buschine: A Child Prodigy and the Social Revolution

Bob Buschine: A Child Prodigy and the Social Revolution

| 03-03-AD2014 | [3]

We all are attracted to the stories. This story begins with a kid who was keying symphonic melodies on the piano only at the age of 3. He studied plane geometry in the second grade. He started playing the violin at 6 years old. By age 11 he was studying the Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor. […]

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Walk For Life West Coast

Walk For Life West Coast

| 01-27-AD2014 | [1]

Another year, the 10th to be exact, just this last Saturday on a beautiful warm California day, the weather was great, the message was the same, and so was the response from the mass media and the San Francisco City government. Hopefully there will be some who received the message sent out loudly by thousands […]

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A Catholic Priest Survives the Gulags  – What About America?

A Catholic Priest Survives the Gulags – What About America?

| 01-06-AD2014 | [8]

What is the American equivalent of what the Russian’s called a Gulag? A familiar word to Americans, because of our cold war relations with the Soviet Union. GULAG is actually an acronym for Glavnoe Upravlenie ispravitel-no-trudovykh LAGerei or ”Main Administration of Corrective Labor Camps” that operated the Soviet system of forced labor camps in the […]

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Saint Francis of Assisi and the Laity

Saint Francis of Assisi and the Laity

| 12-09-AD2013 | [8]

  If you are like me, the first time you heard that the laity could be members of a religious order, what went through your mind was a group of people who cook and clean for the priests! Even though that may be a great relationship for at least the priests, it’s not how is […]

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Mary Wagner:  A Rose is Just a Rose Except in Canada

Mary Wagner: A Rose is Just a Rose Except in Canada

| 11-11-AD2013 | [15]

Imagine this scenario: You are a young girl.  You are full of love for others from the tiniest and most defenseless to their mothers who will bore them. You hand one of these mothers a fresh white rose, and a handwritten note. In return, you are put in jail! That imprisonment happened, and is a […]

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Autonomy Gone Wild!

Autonomy Gone Wild!

| 10-14-AD2013 | [6]

In this modern era, all faithfully Christian people run up against a concept that is often hard to overcome and not always a conscious part of the conversation when talking with non-religious, ex-religious, or the confused person who claims to be religious but is really modern in his beliefs. This concept often goes unnoticed unless […]

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Is Atheist Richard Dawkins Being Responsible In His Statements?

Is Atheist Richard Dawkins Being Responsible In His Statements?

| 10-04-AD2013 | [60]

One of my favorite clichés to refer to when talking about atheism has been that human cliché Richard Dawkins. Nobody just reads his books, we have seen him on television and YouTube. Atheists especially just love him, along with that other fancy talker known fondly as “Hitch” (Hitchens is gone now, and I sincerely give my […]

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Religious Communities: Because They Show The Way

Religious Communities: Because They Show The Way

| 09-16-AD2013 | [6]

In our rush-to-be-fed-and-entertained modern life (so we will feel pleasure as we bloat) how often are you going to read a story or be shown a story on T.V. about religious contemplatives? A superficial view of this life will make comparisons with secular life – the secular being the standard of comparison of course.  If […]

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Joseph Bottum and His Bottom Line

Joseph Bottum and His Bottom Line

| 08-24-AD2013 | [19]

I do have to admit that I am extremely jealous of Joseph Bottum. He was actually paid by the Luce Foundation to write a very long essay describing a hoped-for fantasy future to be provided by marriage redefinition. I know what the subject of his essay is supposed to be about (homosexuality or gayuality if you prefer), […]

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An Encounter in Front of a Cathedral

An Encounter in Front of a Cathedral

| 08-19-AD2013 | [11]

I was just standing there looking into the foyer of the Cathedral to see if the door opened as a man pulled the handle. It was almost midday in midweek and I wasn’t sure if it would be open. The door opened. Do I really want to finish the last of my Starbucks tall Pike Place brew […]

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World Youth Day 2013

World Youth Day 2013

| 07-24-AD2013 | [0]

I am 72 years old and wish I could, right now, be with those wonderful young people in Rio for the 28th World Youth Day. I have to stop and think, because I sometimes call them “kids” when I am not paying attention, sometimes when I am talking to them. I always regret saying that […]

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Ignore God, It Works for Me!

Ignore God, It Works for Me!

| 07-22-AD2013 | [1]

A confident-appearing older man looking at the interviewer beside the camera says: “I envy the little old lady who sits in front of the T.V. and believes, holds her hand up to the screen and says Amen. Yes, I believe she is going to get to heaven, and believes in the hereafter. Yes, I very […]

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Keep Your Catholicism a Secret!

Keep Your Catholicism a Secret!

| 06-24-AD2013 | [27]

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi has made a fool of herself again in public but just in time, she gives relevance to this article that I have been working on. Do those politicians really have any idea what they are talking about? They claim that their Catholicism is firm, but find it inappropriate to “impose” it on others. They […]

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Bill, We Will Miss You!

Bill, We Will Miss You!

| 05-27-AD2013 | [23]

The recent effort in Nevada to put into law a bill that would provide the same level of protection for religious freedom that the people of twenty eight other states now enjoy, died on Friday afternoon May 17, 2013. All of Bill’s friends and those who would have benefited in the future will miss him dearly. […]

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Abortion:  The Wizard and the Saturday Rosary

Abortion: The Wizard and the Saturday Rosary

| 04-29-AD2013 | [8]

A new first Saturday, in a new month, in a new year. Just this last January, I joined a prayer group that meets the first Saturday of each month at probably the most outwardly angry abortion business in the country in Reno, Nevada. I haven’t been to other places like this, but the pictures I […]

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Is There Any Doubt That We Are Next?

Is There Any Doubt That We Are Next?

| 04-01-AD2013 | [32]

DO I REALLY WANT TO BE A HYPOCRITE? As a young Protestant my last experience of actually “worshipping” in a church (outside of funerals, weddings, etc.) came when I was about fifteen. It was Easter Sunday in the warm climate of California. It was a modest sized church, and on this day the only seating […]

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My Friend And The Eucharist

My Friend And The Eucharist

| 03-04-AD2013 | [15]

THE FRIEND I have a friend and I am not sure, but I think she is a little younger than I am now. I won’t pursue this too much except to say that both of us have matured. She was injured in an automobile accident years ago and suffers from pain resulting from that accident, […]

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I “Woked” Myself In San Francisco

I “Woked” Myself In San Francisco

| 02-04-AD2013 | [3]

BACKGROUND FOR AN INTERESTING STORY I attended the 2013 West Coast Walk for Life in San Francisco just this last January 26. The crowd was estimated at over 50,000 people, about 25% higher than last year’s 40,000. The organizers prefer a conservative estimate in order not to be accused of hyperbole. Too many to count […]

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