Note from Gerald, guardian angel for prayer&politiks

It isn’t easy being a Guardian Angel, what with missing the Upstairs bingo nights, the harp and zydeco concerts, the Zamboni races in the center rink. (As you might imagine, St. Peter is an avid hockey fan.)

Can’t say I miss the celestial contra dancing, slow-footed as I am. But Saints James and John always stage a great lightning show, complete with a mojito and Cheetos happy-hour beforehand, followed by the Mother Theresa breakdance contests and “I Love Lucy” reruns. (Rickey Ricardo, who subs for St. Peter at the Pearly Gates, still greets everyone who arrives with “you got some ’splainin’ to do.")

But I digress.

Ten weeks from now we mark the 100th issue of “Signs of the Times,” the (almost) weekly column of news, views, notes and quotes. Reader contributions between now and then will largely determine this site’s future—not to mention my assignment . . . which, to tell the truth, I’ve grown fond of in a quirky sort of way.

Can you do a dollar a week? Maybe round it down to $50 a year? If even half the current 500 “subscribers” invested $1 per week, it would be enough. Think of it: a month’s worth for about the cost of one Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks.

I’m generally an optimistic kind of guy (so my bookie told me when I put a few bucks on the Cubs to go all the way), so I’ll leave this in your hands.


P.S. You can contribute online via the “donate” button on the prayer&politiks site. Or send a check to prayer&politics, c/o Ken Sehested, 358 Brevard Rd., Asheville, NC 28806.