Welcome to my blog, “Frank-Answers.” You can read about me and why I started this web page in “About Frank.”
Here’s how this blog works. I answer questions submitted by readers. Questions submitted from the blog platform come to me anonymously, so I don’t know who is asking the question. If the question is on a topic I’m willing and able to answer, I’ll do so. You are also invited to comment on my answers through the “comment” feature provided on the blog platform. But I get to approve all comments and your name or ID will appear with it. I want to keep the comments civil and informative. Some questions and comments have been sent to my email address. In those cases I know who sent the question or made the comment, but names of questioners are not used and names of commentators are used with discretion.
An “answer” can be explored further through the comments section or it may prompt a new question. We can return to topics already discussed. The articles are archived, so comments made long after the date an article was posted are still welcome to keep the discussion going or to reignite discussion on the topic.
Blog articles are “living” documents, that is, evolving pieces. Sometimes long after an article has been posted I notice an error or think an idea can be stated better or get a new insight. So I don’t hesitate to go in and correct errors or even rewrite a sentence or a paragraph. If I substantially rewrite or add to a piece, I will mention that. Sometimes if an article isn’t receiving much traffic, I trash it. Most of my articles focus on the body—in liturgy, theology, yoga, as well as in nature, sexuality, and swimming. As the blog has evolved, that has become a primary focus.
I have enjoyed finding images for the articles, mostly from Google Commons Images and Wikimedia Commons. Hopefully the images are in public domain for free use. If one is not, please notify me and I will take it down. Sometimes when looking for images for a new article I find one that is just right for an older article. So I may add or change images as I find new ones that seem appropriate. You can’t do that in a print medium.
After a timid start, I began including illustrative images of nude bodies. I have flagged those articles by including the description “nudity” among the topics addressed in the article, even if the articles are not about nudity as such. For example, Christ was crucified naked; so images of the crucifixion will involve nudity. For me, nakedness is a state of being: the body is unclothed. Nudity is pictorial: it is how naked bodies are illustrated. So “nakedness” may be a topic; “nudity” illustrates it.
Since these articles are sometimes evolving pieces, I invite you to return again to answers on topics that interest you. It may be slightly different.
General comments about this blog are welcome below in the comments feature. I have enjoyed writing these answers. I hope you enjoy reading them.
Pastor Frank Senn