September 20, 2019

Ordinary Time 20 September 2019 The Edge of Elfland Chicago, IL Dearest Readers, First and foremost, let me say thank you again to those who donated to help get me here to the Catholic Imagination Conference. Your money has, I believe, been well invested. Yesterday was the first day of the conference, though most of the day was spent in pre-conference conferencing. It was during the pre-conference time that many early career academics and grad students were given opportunities to… Read more

September 4, 2019

When I wrote about St. Edward’s School banning the Harry Potter series, I hoped this would be the last time for a while I would need to come to its defense. Sadly, a reader has brought something to my attention that, while I could ignore, I find needs some refuting. Read more

September 2, 2019

Ordinary Time 2 September 2019 The Edge of Elfland Concord, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, By now, you’ve likely seen the news that St. Edward Catholic School in Nashville, TN (a pre-K through 8th grade school) has removed the Harry Potter Series from their new library building. Thanks to reporting at the Tennessean, we know that the email sent to parents contained the following: “These books present magic as both good and evil, which is not true, but in fact a… Read more

August 25, 2019

Ordinary Time 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time The Edge of Elfland Concord, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, A few days ago, the ever excellent Brain Pickings, run by Maria Popova, posted an article about William Blake. The article, written by Ms. Popova, was titled, ”William Blake’s Most Beautiful Letter: A Searing Defense of the Imagination and the Creative Spirit,” and looked closely at a set of letters Blake wrote after being commissioned, through his friend George Cumberland, to paint pictures concerning… Read more

August 24, 2019

Ordinary Time St. Bartholomew’s Day The Edge of Elfland Concord, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, Last night my wife and I finally say down and watched the film Tolkien. I did my best to come to it with an open mind and tried to avoid reviews of the film before seeing it. I did not want my own first impressions too overly tainted by the opinions of others. Still, I went into it more hopeful than I at first felt because… Read more

August 10, 2019

Ordinary Time 10 August 2019 The Edge of Elfland Concord, New Hampshire   Dearest Readers, Yesterday, searching for a way to get my kids out of the house for a bit, I decided to take them on a walk to the local cemetery. It’s an old cemetery, by American standards. The oldest graves date back to the mid-nineteenth century. After our walk, I found out that a portion of the cemetery was purchased by the local Catholic parish, which happens… Read more

August 6, 2019

Ordinary Time 6 August 2019 The Edge of Elfland Concord, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, First, like so many others, I am saddened to my core at the tragedies that have taken place in Dayton and El Paso. I see so many people saying things like we don’t need more laws, or we don’t have a gun problem, we have a sin problem. Of course, many of these same people would not say that about abortion, nor would they want to… Read more

August 4, 2019

Ordinary Time 4 September 2019 The Edge of Elfland Concord, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, First, allow me to apologize for my silence. I haven’t been blogging lately for two chief reasons: 1. I’ve been trying to work on some other projects before the school year begins. 2. I’ve been dealing with some nasty bouts of depression. Still, I’m sorry for the radio silence. Please know that I have some substantive content in the pipeline for this week, and please pray… Read more

July 5, 2019

Ordinary Time 5 July 2019 The Edge of Elfland Concord, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, Recently I saw a short video from the BBC with the inimitable Stephen Fry. Fry, and his mellifluous voice, discussed language and pedantry. Essentially, Fry’s point was that we should not get caught up in the minutia of language, correcting the grammatical glitches we see in public, in the use of our friends, online, etc. Rather, says Fry, we should exult in language, take delight in… Read more

July 2, 2019

Ordinary Time 2 July 2019 The Edge of Elfland Concord, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, Fortress Press is currently having a summer sale with books as much as 70% off. And there are many worthy books for sale, including mine. So, if you’ve been intrigued by the title and snippets of content from Being Deified: Poetry and Fantasy on the Path to God now is your chance to get a copy for $23.99 (I assume plus shipping, but hey, when it… Read more

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