Mary said “Fanks”

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From John Herreid, here's a painting I've never seen before: The Annunciation by Master of the Retable of the Reyes Católicos (15th century) Here is a detail, showing the Word of God proceeding from the mouth of the Father: Cross already in hands. Oh, Mary. And a short interview with my daughter, who is almost 5. I am not sure why the conversation started with a discussion of her rabbit Daffodil's  eating habits; and YES I fluffed at least two opportunities to clear up … [Read more...]

Terrible craft my little kids absolutely love


A nice way to add some color to a house full of people who are pretty much tired of brown, white, brownish white, and black.  This is one of those crafts that is easy, but you have to not give a crap about your furniture or clothes. Step 1:  sit on a bunch of coffee filters to flatten them.  Irene, 4, notes that this step is important, "although it's a little bit vulgar." Step 2:  drip some water on them. Step 3:  drip food coloring on them.  You may also do food coloring first, and … [Read more...]

Daniel Mitsui is a treasure of the Church

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. . . and he and his family have had a really terrible year. If you were thinking of buying any art prints this year, look here first, and you will help the Mistui family find their way through some of the mountain of medical bills that have piled up. To give you a taste of his style, here is one of his magnificent drawings:  The Great Battle in Heaven   He also offers bookplates and other types of works, including some with secular themes.  Treat yourself by browsing … [Read more...]

At the Register: The Light of the Child

A poem, a tune, a painting for Christmas.  May the baby who brings us warmth and light bless you all! … [Read more...]

I KNEW I should have gone with The Sinner’s Guide to Amish Vampires in Space.

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I was having lots of fun scrolling through this list of Worst Christian Book Covers of 2013.  A couple of favorites: and this: and of course this, which should win all the prizes ever, for everything, but most of all for the most courageous use of "spray paint" tool in a professional setting:   "Most intelligently designed" indeed. But then I got to #7 on the list of Worst Christian Book Covers of 2013, and what to my wondering eyes should appear but A COVER THAT … [Read more...]

About the cover art for SGNFP


My beloved cover was done by the immensely talented John Herreid, who is a graphic artist for Ignatius Press.  (He also happens to be my sister's husband's brother, and he made the cover for me as a gift!) Check out John's latest blog post for Ignatius Press Novels, where he describes a few of the ingenious processes he used while lovingly creating some of his favorite book covers.  So cool. … [Read more...]

Creepy and gorgeous city ghosts


A photographer and historian superimposes crime and accident photos from New York's past onto the same scene from the present day.  Amazing: See more from the series at fstoppers. … [Read more...]

At the Register: Bigger on the Inside

Doctor Who is actually a fairly culturally subversive show, so I'm not convinced that the relationship between the TARDIS and --oh, lots of things -- is just a coincidence. … [Read more...]

Ooh, fun! Pictures of Francis

Pope Art Contest Entries

Here's a little contest for pictures of Pope Francis, with entries from around the world.  You can vote for your favorite.  I voted for this guy but an awful lot of them were appealing, if not especially technically dazzling.  The thumbnails don't show the entire image - you have to click on a picture, and then you can see them all as a slideshow.  I was struck by how many of them looked like other popes!  Which on is your favorite?   … [Read more...]

At the Register: The Unlabeled Life

Woman with Double Stroller, American, 2013.  That says it all, right? … [Read more...]