The Durham Chronicles– Part Three


Down at the Cafe Capriccio they are serving up a mean mocha. Right at the apex of Elvet Bridge street, and next to Sadler Street in Durham, the Ducate coffee-making machine is humming. I do mean humming. The biscotti is flying off the shelves, and the paninis are fantastic. You can even get a full English cooked breakfast, but who wants that in an Italian bistro? This is a family owned restaurant with the Pappa of the place hardly speaking English. He is from Napoli, but fortunately he has a … [Read more...]

The Durham Chronicles– Part Two (Christ is Risen!)


Durham at 5:15 in the morning just after the clocks have been pushed forward is not exactly a time for a sunrise service. It was billed as a bonfire and baptism and confirmation and communion service, all rolled into one and it lived up to its billing. The service lasted a good 1:45, and nobody was eager to leave. The service began in utter darkness in the cloister....then the bonfire was lit and the choir and the clergy processed to the middle of the lawn in the midst of the cloister. The … [Read more...]

Whatever your Path, Don’t Let it be a Psychopath–’The Various Haunts of Men’


First novels are make or break kind of things. I know all about it. If the Lazarus Effect hadn't done reasonably well, we would not have been five novels into the series as of this summer (Roma Aeterna is coming). Whatever trepidation Susan Hill, who lives in a Gloucestershire farm house, might have had about her first mystery, it was entirely unwarranted. People went wild over The Various Haunts of Men, comparing her to P.D. James. High praise indeed. It is one of those rare novels where it … [Read more...]

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“Whoever has done it unto the least of these….”


We should see every poor person as an icon of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, because what we do to the least of these we do unto HIM. … [Read more...]

The Durham Chronicles– Part One


Durham is one of the few places in the world I know of where it is impossible to be hyperbolic about its beauty and grandeur. It's a place that needs no hype. And it is also a spectacular place to get an education. But I digress. I first arrived in Durham, or to use it's old name Dunelm, 35 long years ago, a youngish student of 26. I've returned numerous times, this time for two months, and while various things have changed, the essential things have remained the same, indeed one could … [Read more...]

Roger Ebert—- Time to Roll the Credits


Beginning in the late 70s, my wife and I had two favorite PBS shows. No, it was not one of those long running serials like Brideshead Revisited. The first was the wonderful show about the life of James Herriot in Yorkshire as a vet. It was hysterical. The second was Siskel and Ebert at the Movies. Intelligent, even witty, commentary and critique on movies was never made so accessible, and so lacking in the usual irascible spirit of some critics, as with this show. It was just plain fun, and … [Read more...]

Jesus Down Under


An underwater statue of Jesus sits at the bottom of the sea off the coast of Malta. After being blessed by Pope John Paul II, it was placed underwater as an attraction for divers. … [Read more...]

Imagine There’s No Weapons


Things have only gotten worse since 1980 when it comes to weapons and violence, including accidental and intentional killings of innocent children. This is a picture of John Lennon's blood-spattered glasses which he wore the day he was killed.Here's a little lyrical tribute I've written to John, to be sung to the tune of his classic hit--- Imagine."Imagine there's no weapons It's easy if you try, Nothing to kill or maim for, And no good reason why Imagine all the people living … [Read more...]