November 11, 2019

Ordinary Time 11 November 2019 The Edge of Elfland Concord, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, I’m sorry for the radio silence. It has been a busy semester so far. But I wanted to take some time to write about poetry. Recently, I finished reading Lyrical Ballads, but the 1798 and 1802 editions. For those unfamiliar, Lyrical Ballads was a book of poetry put together by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Coleridge only contributed 4 poems total, even when Wordsworth expanded… Read more

October 27, 2019

Ordinary Time 27 October 2019 The Edge of Elfland Concord, New Hampshire Dearest Readers, For the last six months my parish, Christ the King parish in Concord, NH, has been celebrating Mass in a tent. Our 150 year building has been receiving some much needed renovation. When we return in two weeks, it will have a new roof, new floor, new (to us) pews, and will be magnificently filled with beautiful art. I have been fortunate, since my wife works… Read more

September 26, 2019

Ordinary Time 26 September 2019 The Edge of Elfland Concord, NH Dearest Readers, As most of you know, I was recently at the Catholic Imagination Conference at Loyola Chicago. I had intended to write a review, further to the day 1 letter I wrote last Friday. But instead I want to write about writing itself. The conference––for whatever its faults were, and there were many excellent aspects as well––certainly did one thing for this writer, it helped reinvigorate my desire… Read more

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

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