Fr. Brian Reedy, SJ grew up in Southern California but has lived much of his life in the Republic of Texas; therefore having two diametrically opposed tendencies to withdraw from the Union. His background is in science, but his current interests are in theology and ethics, and he is working on a doctorate at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Thinking that his diverse interests still made too much sense when considered together, he was commissioned as a Lieutenant Junior Grade in the United States Navy. He is now satisfied, having finally assembled a constellation of interests that are utterly incompatible.