The Books of Summer: Polaris by Jack McDevitt

Polaris by Jack McDevitt My rating: 4 of 5 stars Having really enjoyed McDevitt’s Engines of God and read Orson Scott Card’s review of the Alex Benedict/Chase Kolpath mystery/archeological-treasure-hunt series I turned to the library to see what was around. I was happy to see that they had number 2 in the series and so [Read More...]

USCCB’s online version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church

“Providing the Catechism in this particular electronic format will make this foundational resource even more accessible to people,” explained Bishop John Wester, chair of the USCCB Communications Committee. “It is free to anyone who has access to the Internet.” Available through any Internet browser, the Catechism file displays and functions as an e-book. Users can [Read More...]

Good Story #36: The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

Scott learns that Texas is it’s own direction. Julie changes her opinion about Robert E. Lee. Neither of them are certain where in the timeline to find Lincoln’s vampire slaying. Our discussion of this Pulitzer Prize winning book about the Civil War at Gettysburg is episode 36 at A Good Story is Hard to Find [Read More...]

100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura

The prolific Catholic apologist Dave Armstrong has a new book out 100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura which was published by Catholic Answers. Now there is a certain irony in taking apart Sola Scriptura via the scriptures but you have to stay within a certain framework when dialoging with others. Jesus when talking to the Sadducees only [Read More...]

The Books of Summer: Weightless by Kate Wicker

Weightless: Making Peace With Your Body by Kate Wicker This book is for every American woman who has body issues. (Shall we all raise our hands in unison?) In many ways, I came to terms with body image some time ago. However, no one is immune and every so often I will find myself beating [Read More...]

Redshirts

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There is nothing wrong with your internet. Do not attempt to change the url We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. [Read More...]

The Books of Summer: The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki My rating: 5 of 5 stars When I was young I discovered Saki and read all his stories. Over the years, of course, one comes across a few very popular stories repeatedly. Now I’ve come across a wonderful podcast, The Clovis Stories by Saki which is working its way [Read More...]

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Ray Bradbury, O Lord

The father hesitated only a moment. He felt the vague pain in his chest. If I run, he thought, what will happen? Is Death important? No. Everything that happens before Death is what counts. And we’ve done fine tonight. Even Death can’t spoil it. Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes He seemed timeless somehow, [Read More...]

Vito Bonafacci: A Modern Parable for the Faithful

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Today, we’re stepping away from the bookshelf for a minute to look at a movie for the Patheos Movie Club. Although I’m reviewing this for the PMC, I received the DVD from the director individually. I think y’all know me well enough to know we’d never speak of this again if I didn’t like it [Read More...]

Through the Wall by Cleveland Moffett

A noted detective is getting ready to go to Brazil for an important job. He drops by Notre Dame where a young woman he never met says a few sentences to him that leave him pale and canceling his trip. A young woman, deeply in love, spurns her lover’s marriage proposal because she loves him [Read More...]


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