Autumn Is a Jovial Man: Reflections on the Autumnal Season

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 8 October 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, Autumn is here, or so I am told. His sister Summer still has her hold on the weather, at least occasionally, here in New England. But despite the unseasonably warm weather  and the Summer showers, Autumn reigns. The leaves are changing, the fruit has ripened, the grain has been gathered in. And so the Autumnal feasting has begun. Thus I am put in… Read more

Fairies and Elves Stopping Construction: On the Care for Our Common Home

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 9 August 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, Yesterday, in Ireland, Teachtaí Dála Danny Healy-Rae made the bold claim that the reason for the dip in Kerry Road was due to fairies. His argument actually extends back to 2007 when this first started happening. It seems, according to Healy-Rae, that what likely happened is some sort of Fairy Fort has been disturbed, causing the fair folk to take a certain level of… Read more

St. Columba and the Loch Ness Monster: The Earliest Extant Story

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 25 July 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, Did you know that the story of the Loch Ness Monster dates back to at least the seventh century (c. 697) when Adomnán, ninth abbot of Iona, wrote his Life of St. Columba? In all likelihood, the story goes back even further since it is about Columba who lived between c.521-597. Even if we were to assume the story was untrue and not indicative… Read more

The Dragon Is Dead, Still: A Postlude (of sorts) to My Son’s Battle with Cancer

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 11 July 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, I have wonderful news. Today my son went in for what was meant to be his final MRI. For those of you who don’t know his story, at 8 weeks old one my twin sons was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a kind of childhood cancer. After two rounds of chemotherapy and a flight back to the United States (all of this having taken place… Read more

Deep in the Forest, There Dragons Will Be: Reflections on a Boat Trip Around Lake Winnipesaukee

Creation is not just what we see with our senses as secular modernity has taught us to do, but that there are deeper truths behind created reality. Read more

An Uncomfortable Comparison: David Russell Mosley and Tom Riddle

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 3 July 2017 The Edge of Elfland Manchester, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, I am, once again, in the midst of my annual read of the Harry Potter series. I’ve reached Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (which I wrote about last year here). Every time I read this book I struck, rather uncomfortably, by certain similarities between myself and boy-Voldemort. When Dumbledore shows Harry his memory of first meeting ten-year-old Tom Riddle we see not… Read more

Root and Twig: Convivium a New Literary Journal

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 29 June 2017 The Edge of Elfland Manchester, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, I feel rather remiss, but I have something to tell you. Not long ago I had an essay appear in a new literary journal called Convivium. The first issue was titled Root and Twig and looked at issues of inheritance and the bearing of literary fruit. It is edited by fellow Patheos Catholic writer Rebecca Bratten Weiss, and is wonderful. I cannot recommend… Read more

Trying to Say “God”: After the Conference Part II: ““Rendering the World Strange: Folk Piety and Imagination” with Jessica Mesman Griffith, Kevin M. Johnson, and David Russell Mosley

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 27 June 2017 The Edge of Elfland Manchester, New Hampshire Dear Readers, I am so happy to tell you that not only my panel but, I believe, every or nearly every panel and keynote that was recorded has been posted, FOR FREE, on SoundCloud. Our panel was called, Rendering the World Strange: Folk Piety and Imagination. Jess, Kevin, and I got together some months ago to create this panel. We saw a need to talk… Read more

Trying to Say “God”: After the Conference Part I: Reflections

I’m not sure I’ve ever stayed up later, laughed more, or generally been happier at a conference than I was at the “Trying to Say ‘God'” conference. Read more

Sick Pilgrim and Trying to Say “God”: Before the Conference

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 21 June 2017 The Edge of Elfland Manchester, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Very briefly, a quick update on my life. As many of you know I started working back in April at a Catholic liberal arts high school. Well, apparently I’ve done some good work because today it was officially announced that I have been promoted to Dean of Humanities. Now that that’s out of the way, I want to tell you about this conference… Read more

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