This Is Totally How I Imagined It …

Frank

… when I was little. We were Monster Kids: our brains were rewired by the 4:30 movie. [Read more...]

Apostrophe to Zion: New Meaning for a Dead Sea Scroll?

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I’m still enjoying Slacktacular August with a reduced blogging schedule, but I thought this was a fascinating little slice of the philology world that shows how scholars grapple with ancient languages and shifting meanings. In this case, it’s the Hebrew root “taph-bet-ayin,” which has various modern meanings: “to demand,” “to investigate,” “to prosecute.” The “Apostrophe [Read More...]

My Home Screens

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Slacktacular August continues as I soak up some R&R following a harrowing month of personal tragedies and my annual Giant Project (the Games Magazine Games 100 guide). Today I have to break from my break to tackle some curriculum writing, but not wanting to leave a me-shaped hole in the blogosphere, and indulging the narcissism [Read More...]

Barbara Mertz (aka Barbara Michaels, Elizabeth Peters) Passes Away

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The great author Dr. Barabara Mertz died this morning in her Maryland home. She was 85. Barbara was an Egyptologist by training (and wrote two good books on the subject), but found her fame as a writer of best-selling thrillers (under the name of Barbara Michaels) and mysteries (as Elizabeth Peters). If you’re counting, that’s [Read More...]

Among The Catholic Writers and Marketers

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Yesterday I took a day and traveled into the wilds of central Jersey to attend the Catholic Writers Conference and Catholic Marketing Network. I was invited by the wonderful Margaret Rose Realy … well, actually, my daughter’s cupcakes were invited, and I had to tag along to set them up. Margaret had seen my girl’s award-winning [Read More...]

John Donne Has Something to Tell You…

Donne

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The 54-Day Rosary Novena

Madonna in Prayer by Sassoferrato, c1640-50

If you just want the text of the devotion without my commentary, go here. I have little patience for “never-fail” devotions. In fact, I think they’re superstitious and presumptuous, and thus deeply offensive. God is not a gumball machine and prayer is not the coin you turn in the slot to make your desire come [Read More...]

Divination: A Fable

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Okay, folks: it’s the busy time of the year: I have to write a paper on Pope Benedict and complete a large magazine supplement in the next couple of weeks. Plus, you’re all on vacation anyway, right? Well, you should be. So, I’ll leave you with something light. I love folk tales and fables, and [Read More...]


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