On the Edges of Elfland Is Now Available on Kindle!

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 2 March 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, I just wanted to make a quick announcement: My novel, On the Edges of Elfland: A Fairy Tale for Grown-Ups, is now available on Kindle. It costs only $10, so if you’re an ebook person and can or do use Kindles (or their apps on other tablets), you can now get an ebook copy of my book. But don’t forget you can always… Read more

Entering the Sphere of Jove: Reflecting on Joy with Lent, C.S. Lewis, and Michael Martin

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 2 March 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, I want to talk to you about Joy. It has been an obsession of mine of late. I began to notice its influence on me most at the tail end of the last liturgical year and the start of this one. I began to describe myself as one formed by and for Joy. I began to realize that, at my core, I am… Read more

It Reminds Me of Númenor: Melancholic Reflections on a Rainy Day

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 27 February 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, While we have now had a couple of days of sunshine, the other day was cloudy and rainy. Days like this, especially when I can smell the water in the air, I’m transported somewhere else entirely. I am reminded of something I have only rarely experienced: the ocean. And from the ocean, I am transported to Atlantis Towards the end of Tolkien’s The… Read more

A Rolling English Drunkard’s Rolling English Road through Catholic England: Reviewing Joseph Pearce’s Merrie England

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 22 February 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Over the last few days I have been reading Joseph Pearce’s new book, Merrie England: A Journey through the Shire. For those unfamiliar with Pearce, some background might be useful. Pearce was born in England in 1961. When he was 15 Pearce joined the National Front. Due to his participation in, and writing for, this facist, white-supremacist group he was twice imprisoned. Just… Read more

Seeing the World through the Lens of Reverence: Michael Martin Presents the Sophia Option

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 21 February 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, I was preparing quite a different letter for you. I was preparing a letter reviewing Joseph Pearce’s new book, Merrie England: A Journey Through the Shire, a review I hope to send to you tomorrow. But then, as I was taking a brief Facebook break (before doing some reading), I came across a new essay by Michael Martin that I had to share with… Read more

My Rolling English Road to Rome: How J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, and Stratford Caldecott Helped Make Me Catholic

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 14 February 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, Two days ago I told you that I am going to be received into the Catholic Church. Today, I want to dig a little deeper by explaining one part of how I found myself on a road I did not expect. “‘It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door,” [Bilbo] used to say. “You step into the Road, and if you… Read more

Going for a Swim

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 12 February 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Friends and Family, I address this letter particularly to those who know me, my friends and family. I am writing to tell you that after several years of considering this at least in the back of my mind, I will be received into the Roman Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil on April 15th at St. Patrick’s Church in Nashua, New Hampshire. And so… Read more

“Living” in a Necrophilic Culture: Reflections on Catherine Pickstock and C. S. Lewis

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 9 February 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, I’ve been thinking about life lately. Particularly, I’ve been thinking about what it means to be pro-life and to be open to life. What does it mean to be pro-life? And what is it’s opposite? Is it pro-choice or pro-death? I actually remember reading somewhere on social media (Facebook I think) someone saying that no one is actually pro-death. We’re all pro-life. And… Read more

If Robots Learned to Pray: The Soul, Prayer, Science, and Christianity

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time 6 February 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, The other day over at The Atlantic, they ran a piece entitled, “Is AI a Threat to Christianity?” The piece began by examining Pope Francis’ statement about what he’d do if Martians came to him looking for salvation, but the piece quickly moves from other organic life to the rise of the machines. I was not impressed by this piece, I am sorry to say…. Read more

Worshipping the One Who Is Beauty: Overcoming Evil with Small Acts of Beauty

David Russell Mosley Ordinary Time St. Anskar 2017 The Edge of Elfland Hudson, New Hampshire Dear Readers, My goodness. So many things have happened in the past two weeks that I don’t really know where to begin. After all, just today I’ve come across articles concerning President Trump’s first clandestine mission in Yemen which resulted in the death of a US soldier, an 8 year old girl, and numerous other men and women, many of them hostile to the United States…. Read more

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