Review: Busman’s Honeymoon

Busman's Honeymoon is the last of Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries, and it's an odd book. In fact, it's three books in one, each with a distinctly different tone.The first book is an extended epistolary novel concerning Lord Peter's nuptials with Harriet Vane, in which we get to hear from everyone involved (and many who are not), from Lord Peter's delightful mother, the Dowager Duchess of Denver, to Lord Peter's egregious sister-in-law, the current Duchess of Denver; it's all … [Read more...]

Smiling Rhinoceros

Apropos of nothing, here's a picture of a rhinoceros I found while looking for something else.____ photo credit: Thomas Hawk via photopin cc … [Read more...]

Why I Believe


Alex Symczak has been visiting my comboxes lately, asking pointed questions about the nature of belief, and questioning my basis for the beliefs I've been talking about. And because he's been civil, and seems to genuinely want to enter into discussion, rather than simply sneering and counting coup like some atheist commenters I've had over the years, I'm inclined to address them.At the end of Monday's post on "What We Can Know, and How We Can Know It" I bring up the topic of faith, which … [Read more...]

Lumen Fidei: Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride through the Labyrinth of Idolatry

Mr. Toad, with Imp

Continuing with my journey through Lumen Fidei, I come to paragraph 13. Here Pope Francis points out that the opposite of faith is idolatry. Faith is trust in God before all created things; and idolatry is precisely faith in some created thing (whether it is a physical idol of stone or wood, or an idea minted in my own head) rather than faith in God. In that sense, whenever I turn to some created thing and give it more importance in my life than God, I have worshipped an idol. (Someone … [Read more...]

Jeeves and the Nameless Ichor

Back in May of 2004 I heard of a Wodehouse/Lovecraft mash-up called Scream For Jeeves, and my mind boggled. And then, a few moments later, the following emerged from mine own fevered brow. I reproduce it here for your delectation.I was in bed, eyeing the morning egg-and-bacon while getting outside of a stiffish brandy-and-soda, when Jeeves shimmered into the room. I don’t know how he does it, and I would never dream of asking. There are things about one’s man one simply isn’t meant to kno … [Read more...]

Pi Day? Big Deal!

Yeah, I was a math major, I suppose I should get excited by Pi Day.It's just that I'd be much more impressed if today was March 14, 1592. … [Read more...]

The High Kings: Close Harmony

The High Kings is one of the Irish groups that comes across my Pandora station regularly. Their shtick is doing traditional Irish songs in close harmony, and I always notice close harmony because Jane loves it dearly. I linked to their version of "The Leaving of Liverpool" a while back; today I want to point out two quieter songs that I very much like.The first is "Will Ye Go Lassie Go", also known as "Wild Mountain Thyme"; this is a tune I'm learning to play on the whistle.The … [Read more...]

Words I Wish I’d Written: A Tuba among Flutes

Now, about Markham V. Reynolds (Junior). Your questions regarding that gentleman are very delicate, very subtle, very much like being smacked in the head with a mallet. Am I in love with him? What kind of a question is that? It’s a tuba among the flutes, and I expect better of you.— Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society … [Read more...]

Religious Education Congress

I don't know how many of my readers are in the Los Angeles area, but I'm going to be at the diocesan Religious Education Congress on Saturday for a good bit of the day. If you're there you might see me wandering about. … [Read more...]