Back in the 70s Again!

I had two days in a row when my blood sugar was 116. Then I had two days when it was in the low 130s. That’s not too bad. Better than it was before I began my vegan-tarian experiment. Today I weighed under 280 for the first time since before the federal flood! At my highest point I was 306.

Carol’s been very good about trying to help me to eat better. I’m trying to cut way back on animal products but I’m not going totally Vegan because it would drive me crazy trying to avoid all the things I need to in order to be a “real” vegan. I’m also trying to avoid processed sugar and high fructose corn syrup.

But…I will occasionally eat seafood. Now everybody is going to look down on me! Vegans will think I’m wimping out and vegetarian haters will think I’m a hippie. Oh well, at least I’m eating better and kinder and I’m losing weight and managing my blood sugar. Thanks for the support!

BTW Carol made “The Best Vegetarian Chili in the World” for us today. It was really good!


This Can’t Be Right!

My blood sugar was 116 this AM! Hasn’t been that low in a long time. I was a bit scared because I pigged out on carrots and grapes for supper. I also had brown rice with mushrooms.

Dropped 2 more pounds too! Hope this isn’t too good to be true.

Blood Sugar

The last two days my readings have been 133 and 129. That’s the best I’ve seen in a long time. I didn’t get finished at work until 9pm last night. It would have been easy to stop by somewhere on my way home for fast food.Instead I ate some peanut butter on whole grain bread and some butter beans.

For my Freshman Seminar class, we are reading Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation. This morning I read that a USDA study in 1996 showed that 78.6% of ground beef contained microbes that are spread primarily by fecal matter.


October Experiment: Kind Diet

I’m trying out a couple of things in October. I’ll share one now and another at the end of the month. I started doing without meat and trying to be as vegan as I can without going nuts about it. I started contemplating this when a friend of mine mentioned the documentary Forks over Knives. I was struggling with my blood glucose levels and my low-carb diet just wasn’t cutting it. I watched the film and did a bit of research and thought what the heck. Carol has been very supportive.

We’ll see how it goes. I might be posting my thoughts on this more regularly.

Thinking about Podcasting

Anyone out there do podcasting as part of your teaching? Let me know how you’ve used it and if it has worked for you.

Here it is: podcast-1

Help with a Course on World Religions

I received a grant from Xavier’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching to enhance my course: Comparative Religion. My plan is to include a service learning component. I’m thinking about contacting local churches and places of worship and ask if they’d like my students to teach a session or sessions about other religions to them so that the members might better understand other religions.

I am also thinking about creating a service learning project that can reach out to the community and in some way promote understanding and tolerance about various religious traditions. Any suggestions?

It’s Snowing in New Orleans!

Here’s Michael Homan on his way home.

Homan Headed Home

Here’s the Xavier sign:

Snow at Xavier

Here’s Baby Jesus:

Black Baby Jesus at Xavier


I’ve listed previous posts below. I’ll try to update the site more faithfully.

Fall of 2007

My return to Xavier…finally!


I’m coming home, I’ve done my time!

I received my contract from Xavier last week so I’ll be back full-time in the Fall of 2007!

Reflections on the Dark Waters” A lecture I’m presenting at Concordia College on September 18th. More information is available here.
Mark Gstohl launches!

I know that “” seems a bit egotistical, but I’m using this site to help my friends and family keep up with what’s going on in my life. Since hurricane Katrina, my situation changes almost daily. I appreciate your prayers and concern.

July 24th 2006

Another update in July of 2006:

July 24th Update

Wow! I’ve got a lot going on right now. I finished the grant for United Way and sent it in on Monday, July 17th. I’m still under contract with them to write additional proposals until October 1, 2006. I started a new job at Odyssey House last week. I am a case manager for Katrina Aid Today, “helping Hurricane Katrina survivors identify sources of support, develop personal recovery plans, acquire access to services and take appropriate actions to become self-sufficient once again.” I’ll be teaching a course at Xavier this fall and a course at Tulane’s School of Continuing Education.

And…I got a scooter!