Elmore Leonard Is Dead; Soon We Will Be, Too

Elmore Leonard

A few weeks ago, I and a crowd of fans, shoppers and curious onlookers spent a chilly Sunday afternoon touring Elmore Leonard's house-- browsing his bookshelves, checking out worn holiday decorations in the basement and rusty hand tools in the garage, fingering a favorite coffee mug. Elmore "Dutch" Leonard died in August 2013 at the age of 87, following a stroke.  In March 2014, his heirs brought in a management company to hold an Estate Sale, parting with the trinkets and trivets the … [Read more...]

These Bishops Are Good “Sports”!

Bishop Hartmayer - first pitch

Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer got a standing ovation after throwing out the first pitch at a game between the Savannah Sand Gnats and the Asheville Tourists.  The Southern Cross, the newspaper for the Diocese of Savannah, captured the windup and the impressive pitch on camera, showing His Excellency's brown Franciscan robe blowing in the wind at Grayson Stadium. More than 1,500 Catholic fans were in the stands for the charity game benefitting the Savannah Social Apostolate, an outreach of … [Read more...]

For Father’s Day: Must-Reads for Dads and Ordinary Guys

Randy Hain 001

My bookcase is filling up with great reads--things which deserve more time and thoughtful reporting than I'm going to give them here today. I know, though, that Father's Day is coming--and I don't want to miss the chance to help you with your shopping, and help some excellent Catholic writers to get the word out about their newest titles.  If you're considering giving Dad the gift of the printed word, let me recommend a few ideas to get you started: Randy Hain's Journey to Heaven: A Road … [Read more...]