Father Mike's Column

Father Mike's Column

What do you do?

I have yet to find the correct way to ask someone their occupation.  The traditional “What do you do?” sounds so flat and one dimensional.  It seems like it requires so much qualification, or at least an additional clause: “…when you aren’t having fun?”  “…to put bread on the table?”  “…to keep busy?”  And yet all of those clauses seem so mundane and fail to capture the essence of who the person really is.  While I rarely find myself at a loss for chit-chat conversation with people I meet for the first time, is there ever really a good way… Read More

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