Father Hollywood has inspired me to refresh my memory and further educate myself on the United States Constitution and our American form of government. In my usual fashion, I've been searching for a variety of pertinent resources, with some assistance from my lovely bride, but I'd also appreciate any recommendations that anyone else may care to offer. I'm not planning to write a dissertation on the topic, but I am interested in something beyond a basic gradeschool introduction. I'd likewise welcome any general summaries and commentary on the subject; because this is a field that is relatively obscure to me, and because I enjoy reading various perspectives and points of view. We were living in Australia from when I was almost eight until shortly after I turned twelve, and I think that left me lagging behind a bit in certain aspects of United States history and government. I probably remember more from School House Rock than elsewhere. (That was a joke, Mr. Peabody.)
A sword in the hat is better than a foot in your mouth. All the better if it is that double-bladed sword that slices and dices between bone and marrow. But I have always liked to sort things out by thinking out loud with friends and colleagues. And since my opportunities to do so are limited, I figure I can multiply my thinking and sorting here.
Married 27 years, my wife and I have had ten children born to us (six boys, four girls); we have another son and daughter by marriage, a son who went ahead of us to heaven from the womb, four grandchildren and counting. I was ordained in 1996, and have been the pastor of Emmaus since then. I have a Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies from the University of Notre Dame (2003), and an S.T.M. from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana