The Church and the Village: The Blessing of the Beer and Other Agricultural Festivals

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 27 July 2016 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, This morning as I was scrolling through Facebook, I came across on article from the Croydon Guardian entitled, “Ale Mary: Croydon Minster to revive medieval tradition of blessing beer.” Friends of mine will know that I am fairly [Read More…]

The Blood of Martyrs, the Blood of the Eucharist: Saint Stephen and Fr. Jacques Hamel

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time Sts. Anne and Joachim The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, I don’t normally do two posts in a day, but I was just made aware of the attacks that took place in France so very recently. Fr. Jacques Hamel who was celebrating the Eucharist had his throat [Read More…]

On Being Adopted: The Joys and Pains of One Man’s Ongoing Experience

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time Sts. Anne and Joachim The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, I wanted to write to you about a touchy subject. I doubt it will be as inflammatory as my letter to you on race, but this letter may stir up some emotions. I want to write to [Read More…]

How the Midwest Formed My Imagination: A Reflection on My First Visit to My Hometown in Five Years

David Russell Mosley   Ordinary Time Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Last week my family got a chance to do something we haven’t done in five years. We visited my home state of Illinois. While travelling with twin two year olds might really warrant its own [Read More…]

On Submitting the Manuscript of My Novel, On the Edges of Elfland

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time Feast of St. Mary Magdalen The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, While a group of friends, colleagues, and acquaintances meets on a family farm to discuss the Radical Catholic Reimagination of Everything (a conference at which I wish I were in attendance), I can at least say [Read More…]

A Vision of Angels: Revisiting a Vision Given During My Son’s Cancer Treatment

David Russell Mosley   Ordinary Time 21 July 2016, On the Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, A few weeks ago I reposted a blog post on its two year anniversary concerning my son, Edwyn, going through his first round of chemotherapy. I wanted to re-share this letter I wrote two weeks later [Read More…]

The Dementor’s Kiss: What Is a Soul and Can You Lose It?

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 12 July 2016 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, I normally do my annual re-read of Harry Potter during Christmastide (maybe this coming Christmas I’ll do a post surveying the place of Christmas in the Wizarding World), but I didn’t get to it this past Christmas, so [Read More…]

On the Feast of St. Benedict: An Introduction John Cassian

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time Feast of St. Benedict The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, As many of you will know today is the feast of St. Benedict, you know, the one from the Rule of St. Benedict, the one to whom people keep assigning an Option. But today, in this short [Read More…]

Waking Up: Taking Solace in the Escape of Fairy-stories and Awaiting the Return of Christ with Joy

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 9 July 2016 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, I’m tired. I’m exhausted. I don’t feel like I have the energy necessary to do just about anything. I started a post on sacramental ontology and I hope to finish it, but honestly, I was bored by it [Read More…]


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