Pentecost 21 May 2018 The Edge of Elfland Concord, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, Stories, myths, poetry, these are common fare here at Letters from the Edge of Elfland, but one question I constantly turn to is why? Why do we write stories? Why do we perpetuate myths? Why, on earth, do we write poetry? What is it about humanity the makes us want to do more than communicate, to have more than mere utility? The answer, I think, lies somewhere… Read more

Pentecost Pentecost 2018 The Edge of Elfland Concord, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, Here is a little sonnet in honor of Pentecost. I hope you enjoy it. On our heads fall Mercury’s words of flames. The playful god makes sport of our thought. He sends the spirit fire of language games, And brings the curse of Babel down to nought. Today fishermen are made into priests, No fire and brimstone sermon preached Peter. But of Christ and glory, and holy feasts… Read more

Eastertide 16 May 2018 The Edge of Elfland Manchester, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, Anyone who still reads these letters regularly has likely noticed my relative absence. I’ve been in a bit of a malaise, not able to bring myself to actually write anything, or not much of anything. Which is unfortunate since white guys with ennui is so cliché. But there you are, even someone who considers themselves a little different, on the edge even (of Elfland perhaps) can be… Read more

David Russell Mosley Eastertide 11 May 2018 The Edge of Elfland Manchester, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, A few weeks ago, I dropped off our car to a certain, chain, auto-mechanic for its oil change. Before they called to tell us the car was ready I received an email telling me all the things that were wrong with the car. I know next to nothing about cars. I know to put gas in them, how to change a tire, and how… Read more

David Russell Mosley Eastertide 6 May 2018 The Edge of Elfland Manchester, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, In the past 6 months I have been introduced to three new musical artists/composers I thought I would share with you. Each of them stands out as something unique. None of them is easily pigeon-holed. And I like this. Not because I’m a hipster who only likes music no one else has ever heard of; if that were the case I wouldn’t be sharing… Read more

David Russell Mosley Eastertide 24 April 2018 The Edge of Elfland Manchester, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, To say I read Sam Rocha’s Tell Them Something Beautiful would be incorrect. I devoured it like a man who hasn’t eaten in weeks. I ravished it like a husband who sees his wife for the first time after a long absence. I will need to return to this book to savor it, fortunately, it is a book that will bear re-reading.  I write… Read more

David Russell Mosley Eastertide 10 April 2018 The Edge of Elfland Manchester, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, Today I got the results of my recent DNA test through ancestry.com. The results were surprising. I knew my family hailed from Great Britain and Ireland, and I knew we had some other European stock in there, but I had no idea about the relatively large percentage of Scandinavian ancestry. What is even more interesting is that I received this news just days after… Read more

David Russell Mosley Holy Week Holy Tuesday 2018 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, First it was Tintagel, now Glastonbury, Arthur seems to be rising up out of the ground of Britain. For those unfamiliar, about two years ago archaeologists discovered the remains of a 5th or 6th century palace on the grounds of Tintagel Castle (13th century ruins in Cornwall). As I noted at the time, this is important news for fans of Arthur since according… Read more

David Russell Mosley Holy Week Holy Monday 2018 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, We’re coming up on the liturgical anniversary of my reception into the Church. As Easter draws nearer I find myself reflecting on where I was a year ago. One of the hardest things  for me as I was going through my confirmation class was deciding on a confirmation saint. There were so many I loved, whose writings or lives had influenced me. In… Read more

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