David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 10 February 2018 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, Goodness me, where have I been? It’s been a busy few months. Teaching keeps me busy, of course (especially I work full-time at a high school and part-time at a university, teaching online). And my lovely twin three year olds also keep me plenty busy. But still, I should have been writing here more often. Mea culpa. As an update, for those who… Read more

David Russell Mosley Christmastide 2 January 2018 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, I am pleased to announce that I will be delivering a paper (more giving a presentation) entitled “Seeing Things as They Are: Reality according to the Catholic Imagination” for the group Spirited Theology in Nashua, New Hampshire on January 9th. Here’s my brief abstract for the presentation: Catholics see the world differently.  As Andrew Greeley describes us, “Catholics live in an enchanted world, a… Read more

David Russell Mosley Christmastide 30 December 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, There is a poem with which I have long been enamoured, but have not, until recently, sought to understand more. The poem is Richard Corbet’s “Farewell Rewards and Fairies.” I reproduce here for you in full: Farewell rewards and fairies Good housewives now may say, For now foul sluts in dairies Do fare as well as they; And though they sweep their hearths no… Read more

David Russell Mosley Christmastide 29 December 2017 The Edge of Elfland Manchester, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, Recently I finally purchased my own copy of Robert Kirk’s The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns and Fairies. The book, which I have discussed before, is really quite fascinating. Written in the 17th century but went, seemingly unpublished until the 19th century, the book lays out how and why humans might interact with the subterranean creatures often called elves or fairies. Kirk was a… Read more

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time Christ the King 2017 The Edge of Elfland Manchester, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, By now you’ve probably seen something about Mike Hughes who wants to launch himself in a home-made rocket in order to prove that the earth is flat. I find this man hysterical and worry significantly for his safety. This is not Hughes’ first launch––nor his first daredevil trick––but it will be his first launch as a “flat-earth researcher.” Which calls into question… Read more

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time All Souls’ Day 2017 The Edge of Elfland Manchester, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, This morning as I briefly made my way through my Facebook feed, I came across an article entitled, “Why You Hate Contemporary Architecture: And if you don’t, why you should…” by Brianna Rennix & Nathan J. Robinson. It was a fascinating, and rather long article that articulated my own misgivings about modern architecture. I was glad to see, in this article, that… Read more

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 23 October 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, I am thankful to Mark Shea for reminding me that today is the cosmos’ birthday, at least according to the Anglican Bishop Ussher. Ussher used the best information available to him, he calculated from the ages of the patriarchs, from the long genealogies, that the world was created around 6 p.m. on October the 23rd in the year 4004 BC. I recommend you… Read more

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