Zymurgia House

Big news! In addition to blogging here about things Catholic, I will also be blogging about books and the writing of books at ZymurgiaHouse.com, the new home page for my novels. Check it out!And many thanks to Larry D. and Rebecca Frech for hosting ZymurgiaHouse.com as the newest member of the Catholic Conspiracy, and to Julie Davis for the logo! … [Read more...]

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In which the Blogger is Very Truly Run After

Those happy few who have read Vikings at Dino's sure seem to like it; the latest review up at Amazon, from a man I've never met or spoken to, goes like this:Anyone who's a fan of Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams will feel cozy at home with Vikings at Dino's. Told with a dry-humored prose that had me laughing out loud every couple of pages, the novel is a story of the outrageous and fantastic (in the literary genre sense) happenings in the life of young, geek programmer, who's our reluctant … [Read more...]

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Pier Giorgio Frassati, Man of the Beatitudes

My latest at Aleteia:...while some saints live their lives in the spotlight, God blesses others with lives of perfect anonymity, so that the fruits of their holiness become known only when their lives are complete.Pier Giorgio was one of the latter. Blessed Pier Giorgio, pray for us!And don't forget to read Vikings at Dino's!____ Photo credit: public domain … [Read more...]

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Vikings at Dino’s: The Curt Jester’s Review

Jeff Miller, the Curt Jester, has been a member of the Catholic Blogosphere for a lot longer than I have, and throughout that time he's written about the books he's read. Now he's read Vikings at Dino's, and he's written about it in no uncertain terms:This was just an excellent novel that fired on all cylinders. That took basic tropes and built upon them developed characters. There was much in this novel I did not expect, but nothing I did not immensely enjoy. I really really hope this … [Read more...]

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Jimmy Stewart Shows Us How It’s Done

There's been a great deal of unpleasant discussion in the blogosphere this week, and I don't intend to add to it; but I've been repeatedly put in mind of a scene from the movie The Philadelphia Story. Socialite Tracy Lord, played by Katharine Hepburn, has a romantic moonlight swim with report Mike Connor, played by Jimmy Stewart. Tracy had been drinking rather a lot, and the next morning she can't remember what happened. She's dreadfully afraid that she went rather farther than she had … [Read more...]

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Cover of the Rolling Stone

So far as I know, Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem never performed Shel Silverstein's "Cover of the Rolling Stone"; but they should have, darn it. Here's Dr. Hook instead.And don't forget to read Vikings at Dino's! … [Read more...]

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Vikings at Dino’s Watch: Julie’s Review

Julie Davis of Happy Catholic was one of my first readers for the draft of Vikings at Dino's; here's her 5-star (oh, my!) review. Julie's a constant reader, and her reviews have led me into many hours of happiness, and to get a 5-star review from her makes me very happy about my company on her reading list.I especially like this comment:I don't want to say too much because a lot of the joy is in letting the story sweep you along.That's exactly my feeling about it: there's so little … [Read more...]

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To Go Left, First Turn Right

A friend of mine from when I was in graduate school has written a book of poetry. Check it out, if you're so minded. … [Read more...]

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The Apostasy That Wasn’t

Way back in 2005 while investigating the nature of the Early Church I found and read Rod Bennett's Four Witnesses. In that book, Bennett traces a golden thread from the Apostolic Age through the end of the second century, by way of Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, Justin Martyr, and Irenaeus of Lyons. It was while reading Justin Martyr's description of the Mass that I uttered a rude word. See, I was an Anglican in those days...but the Mass Justin Martyr described was recognizably … [Read more...]

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