September 18, 2018

Ordinary Time St. Theodore of Tarsus The Edge of Elfland Concord, NH Dearest Readers, It was about two years or so ago I was first introduced to director Tomm Moore. Somewhere around St. Patrick’s Day and The Secret of Kells was available on Netflix. The boys and I watched it and while they, at roughly two, faded in and out, I was enraptured. I loved the storytelling, I loved the animation, and, most of all, I loved the connection of… Read more

September 16, 2018

Ordinary Time 16 September 2018 The Edge of Elfland Concord, NH Dearest Readers, It seems lately all I do is apologize for how long it has been between letters. As you know, just over a month ago a cascade of scandal fell upon the Church. I gave my own brief response to it and stopped writing. I didn’t know how to keep on writing. My faith has not been shaken, but I couldn’t figure out how to keep writing about… Read more

August 29, 2018

Ordinary Time Feast of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist The Edge of Elfland Manchester, NH Dearest Readers, Here is the latest episode of my podcast, To Wonder and to Wander. In it I rehearse the claims made by Dr. Michael Ward in his groundbreaking book Planet Narnia, and consider what it could mean to read the Chronicles of Narnia in the order of the medieval planets. Give it a listen below or subscribe on iTunes. Sincerely, David Read more

August 15, 2018

Ordinary Time Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary The Edge of Elfland Concord, NH Dearest Readers, I cried today. Tears and I have a complicated relationship. I will often well up at a sentimental movie or even advertisement, at moving scenes in books, but in real life, tears are often absent. I don’t know why this is, why I am so willing to weep at things more remote than those closer to home. And this is not… Read more

August 10, 2018

Ordinary Time 10 August 2018 The Edge of Elfland Concord, NH Dearest Readers, As I have mentioned in my letters before, I often find it necessary to get out and walk in nature. I do not particularly care for mountain hiking, though I do love the views at the top, but I often find in myself a need to be out amongst the trees, to get as far away as I can from the road, and listen to and breathe… Read more

July 31, 2018

Ordinary Time 31 July 2018 The Edge of Elfland Concord, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, When I first started writing these letters, long before becoming Catholic was even on the horizon, I saw that Church universal, at least in the UK (where I was then living and this was called Letters from Nottingham) and the US had a geography problem. With the rise of the car and the interstate highway (or motorways in the UK) people no longer needed to attend… Read more

July 18, 2018

Ordinary Time 18 July 2018 The Edge of Elfland Concord, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, The other day I came across a facebook post by the inimitable Malcolm Guite. I can’t recall the exact circumstances of it, but in it he briefly mentioned the beginning of Wendell Berry’s “How to Be a Poet (to remind myself),” “Make a place to sit down.” I have to admit that as much as I am told I will love Wendell Berry, I have read… Read more

July 15, 2018

Ordinary Time 15 July 2018 The Edge of Elfland Concord, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, First, let me apologize for the radio silence over the last month. I’ve been spending a lot of good quality time with my family and that means less time for writing. But there are other things that have been distracting me from these letters that I thought I would let you know about. First of all, while writing for the blog has dropped off, that doesn’t… Read more

June 6, 2018

Ordinary Time 6 June 2018 The Edge of Elfland Concord, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, As I continue to think about the green man this week, it dawned me that there is something unusual about his inclusion in churches: he is never green. The green men are always carved out of stone. This got me to thinking about Tolkien’s ents. Let me explain what I mean. In The Two Towers as Treebeard, the ents, and Merry and Pippin begin their march… Read more

June 5, 2018

Ordinary Time 5 June 2018 The Edge of Elfland Concord, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, Recently, I have been slowly re-watching Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy II: The Golden Army. And first, let me just say what a travesty it is that del Toro will never get to film the third and final chapter of his planned Hellboy films. One of the things I love about Hellboy II is how much closer to home del Toro bring Faërie. The Troll Market, for… Read more

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