Uncategorized

Fr. Zosima on active love

Time to re-read The Brothers Karamazov again, don’t you think? Any time someone asks me to name a book that changed my life, Brothers K is top of the list. I linked to the Constance Garnett translation, since that’s the one I first encountered in college. I’m open to suggestions! See The Translation Wars for… Continue reading Fr. Zosima on active love

The Catholic Weekly

We can’t just decide to stop being afraid, but we can manage it

Most of us realise we’re not supposed to live in a state of constant fear. It isn’t any fun, for one thing; and we can see it leads us to make bad decisions. Jesus came right out and told us, “Be not afraid!” How, though? Much as we’d like to, we can’t just decide to… Continue reading We can’t just decide to stop being afraid, but we can manage it

Uncategorized

10 gorgeous Easter books for kids

Easter is April 14th 16th. I know, because I have Googled it eleven times in the last week people on Facebook told me so after I got it wrong after Googling it eleven times. That means if you have Amazon Prime, you can still order a nice Easter book for your kids, and it will… Continue reading 10 gorgeous Easter books for kids

Uncategorized

Valhalla Rising, cavemen farting, Terry Pratchett giving it a shot, and me running(!)

  I’m watching . . . Originalos (and Valhalla Rising) Let’s say you’ve picked out a swell movie to watch, and everyone’s ready and snuggled up on the couch, except that one kid is still washing the dishes. Still. So what do you do? You watch a few episodes of Originalos. Here’s a representative sample:… Continue reading Valhalla Rising, cavemen farting, Terry Pratchett giving it a shot, and me running(!)

Uncategorized

HOW TO BE A HERO: TRAIN WITH THE SAINTS is fresh, clear, and useful

When Julia Harrell’s new book, How To Be a Hero: Train With the Saints (Pauline Kids, 2017) arrived in the mail, my shoulders slumped for a minute. I just didn’t expect much from it, based on the cover. Happily, my first impressions were way off! It’s a manual on the virtues for kids age 9-11 (although I… Continue reading HOW TO BE A HERO: TRAIN WITH THE SAINTS is fresh, clear, and useful

Uncategorized

I got the displaced person blues

What are you watching, reading, and listening to these days? Here’s mine for the week. Apparently I have the blues of some kind or other, what do you know about that. *** Watching: Peter Gunn, a jazz-powered, noir, private eye TV show from the late 50’s. I’m only watching with half an eyeball, if that, but every… Continue reading I got the displaced person blues

Uncategorized

But then, one summer, everything changed! 5 offbeat books from my childhood

Friday is usually “What’s for Supper?” day, but this week we had hamburgers, tacos, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, spaghetti, tuna noodle, and pepperoncini beef sandwiches for supper, and no end of chips and carrot sticks. We had good reasons for eating cheap and easy all week, but I just couldn’t bring myself to write 900… Continue reading But then, one summer, everything changed! 5 offbeat books from my childhood

Uncategorized

The return of Darwin’s immediate book meme!

Remember back in the old days, when bloggers used to help each other out? Mrs. Darwin Catholic is still pulling her weight. Check out her immediate book meme, which, rather than getting you to cast your mind back over influential books in your past, asks questions about “the books you’re actually reading now, or just… Continue reading The return of Darwin’s immediate book meme!

Uncategorized

And in His hand, the golden ball

I’m not sure if you want to cry, or what; but if you do, you might consider reading Tomie dePaola’s The Clown of God. (If you don’t own the book, you can hear and see it read aloud in this video.) Quick summary: In Renaissance Italy, a ragged street boy falls in with a travelling show troupe, and… Continue reading And in His hand, the golden ball

Uncategorized

Additions, corrections to Greg Popcak’s book Holy Sex?

Gregory Popcak and I were chatting the other day. He’s thinking of writing a second, revised edition to his book Holy Sex!: A Catholic Guide to Toe-Curling, Mind-Blowing, Infallible Loving. If you have read it, are there things you would like to see included in any future editions (certain problems addressed, topics discussed, sections refined)? Even… Continue reading Additions, corrections to Greg Popcak’s book Holy Sex?