Vikings at Dino’s: Houston, We Have Ignition

I'm pleased to announce that my novel, Vikings at Dino's, is now available as both a trade paperback and a Kindle e-book. Should you read it? Of course you should!Vikings is a fantasy novel (unless it's a science fiction novel) set mostly in the present day. The tone is mostly light (the epigraph is from Douglas Adams) but it isn't farcical. It concerns one Michael Henderson, who just wants to eat his lunch in peace:When the Viking war party burst through the front entrance of Dino’s … [Read more...]

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Vikings at Dino’s: Done Proofreading!

So I've finished proofreading; now I need to make all of the corrections and compile the final draft! … [Read more...]

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They Also Serve Who Only Sit And Study

So on Tuesday night I dropped my daughters off for dance class at 6:30 and then went over to the church for the Tuesday night inquirer's session. The session starts at 7 PM; I usually try to get there at least twenty minutes earlier to get the ventilation working (A/C or heating, depending on the time of year), and I've gotten into the habit of saying Evening Prayer as soon as I've set the thermostat. When I finished that, I picked up Rod Bennett's truly excellent new book, The Apostasy That … [Read more...]

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Tuesdays with the Talking Head

On Tuesday nights since last September, I and my friend Diana have been co-leading our RCIA program. We're a smallish parish, and in the time I've been involved we've usually had maybe two people preparing for baptism and a few preparing just for first communion/confirmation. We're a good team; I joke that I'm the talking head, and Diana's the loving heart.The RCIA process finished up at Pentecost, naturally. But Diana and I had been thinking...the newly baptized and confirmed still need … [Read more...]

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What’s in a Confirmation Name

We usually attend the evening mass on Sunday; and for an added treat, yesterday's mass was also Confirmation for our teenagers with our new auxiliary bishop, Joseph Brennan. I liked Bishop Brennan and the way he spoke to our confirmandi very much.And then, of course, as the sacrament proceeded we got to listen to their confirmation names, which is always interesting. Two of my children have been confirmed in the past few years, and I have two more to come, and it's interesting to look for … [Read more...]

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Big Things Coming: Vikings at Dino’s

So I wrote a novel a couple of years ago; and I'm finally getting my act together and getting it published. I'm going the "indie" route; you'll be able to get it at Amazon and other outlets as a printed book, or on Kindle. That there in the picture is the proof copy that just came in the mail. (I can already see that I'll need to change the margins a bit.)Purty, ain't it? … [Read more...]

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Splendor Fatigue

It seems to me that our culture suffers from splendor fatigue.There was a time when you could the rich folks from the poor folks by how well their homes were lit (because candles were expensive) and how shiny their table settings were (because the poor used wood or earthenware instead of silver or gold) and how fine and colorful their clothing was (because the poor wore homespun rather than velvet and satin). These things were splendid, magnificent, and glorious precisely because they were … [Read more...]

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Three Ways to Correct Your Brother

Or sister, of course.Fr. Mullady talked about the corporal and spiritual works of mercy at our Lay Dominican retreat on Saturday, and made a particular point about correcting the sinner. This is indeed a work of mercy, but it needs to be done carefully because people often do not respond well to being corrected. When he was in formation, lo these many years ago, he was taught that correction should generally be left to the religious superior, because they hold a position of authority and … [Read more...]

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Mercy and the Green-eyed Monster

My Lay Dominican chapter had a retreat yesterday led by Fr. Brian Mullady, OP. Given that this is the Year of Mercy, Fr. Mullady spoke extensively on mercy and the works of mercy; and he made a point that I hadn't considered before.In normal, everyday speech we often contrast justice and mercy, as though to be just is to not be merciful and to be merciful is not to be just. But this is not quite right. Justice and mercy are certainly distinct, and complement one another; but the true … [Read more...]

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