Beware of New Year’s Resolutions

By: Erik Guzman on Tuesday January 1, 2019

It’s exciting when someone calls his shot. A baseball player points beyond the stands to the parking lot and then lifts his bat. The sales goal is written on the whiteboard in the office for all to see. A boy runs in from looking at the starry sky and proclaims he’s going to be an astronaut....

Love Hurts

By: Erik Guzman on Tuesday June 12, 2018

Different whiskies are really like women. That Glenmorangie is still my favorite although I think only the 12-year-old Sherry finish is still available. I guess some whiskies are like girls and others are like women. When you find a good whiskey, it’s hard to go around paying the price to taste...

Romancing the Turd

By: Erik Guzman on Tuesday March 6, 2018

If you’re offended by potty talk (or the concept of sin), that’s a warning. You may want to read the book Everyone Poops by Taro Gome and get over yourself. I don’t know, maybe that’s a bit much. Anyway, I’m gonna write about poo. It’s not the first time and it probably won’t be the...

I Suck at Not Believing in God

By: Erik Guzman on Tuesday August 8, 2017

Have you ever tried to stop believing in God? I’ve been working on that lately and it’s really hard. I don’t know how non-believers do it. If that’s you, God bless you, you’re a better person than I am. You might think, Wait a minute. If you don’t believe in God, you can’t work for a...

Narcissistic Tendencies

By: Erik Guzman on Tuesday June 27, 2017

In the movie The NeverEnding Story, the young hero Atreyu has to pass through a series of gates to get to the Southern Oracle and find out how to save the world. The second gate is the Magic Mirror Gate where Atreyu has to face his true self. It’s assumed that this won’t be a big deal, but...

I Love God for Letting Me Hate Him

By: Erik Guzman on Thursday September 1, 2016

It’s normal to have to quiet racing thoughts with alcohol and drugs. It’s normal to erupt with rage at common inconveniences. It’s normal to cry uncontrollably watching Bill Murray movies. It’s normal to feel trapped with no hope of the depression lifting. It’s normal to hate yourself so...

Don’t You Wish It Were True?

By: Erik Guzman on Tuesday June 21, 2016

I was driving them to school, but there’s an education they can only get in my car. Their teachers are Bob Marley, Paul Simon, Mumford and Sons, Dave Matthews, Bob Dylan, and Pink Floyd—just to name a few members of the faculty. I sing along and, from time to time, tell my kids stories about...

Grace Is Just a Door

By: Erik Guzman on Tuesday June 7, 2016

I pray and meditate in the tub. It's the closest thing I have to a regular "quiet time." It feels sacramental, a visible sign of an invisible reality. My anxiety floats naked in the enveloping warmth of the Spirit. I breathe. I try to calm down. Sometimes I wake up at two or three in the...