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 Written in the 17th century but went, seemingly unpublished until the 19th century, the book lays out how and why humans might interact with the subterranean creatures often called elves or fairies.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

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 22 October 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, As many of you know, last year, in April, I took a job as a literature teacher at a small, private, Classical, Catholic high school. Over the summer this transitioned into Dean of Humanities. I love my job. My students are inquisitive, my colleagues are incredibly intelligent and passionate. But, a job like this has come, at least recently, with less and less… Read more

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

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