Story dispensers, fairy tales, & family libraries.
"And the Lord said to Abram: Go forth out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and out of thy father's house, and come into the land which I shall show thee." Tonight's Easter Vigil marks my fifteenth year as a Catholic, and approximately my seventeenth as a properly baptized Christian. On that … [Read More...]
There were tiny flower gardens and vegetable patches in the yards. Often there were rows of corn, stunted but still recognizable, a few tomato plants, and always the vegetables were bordered by flowers, often grateful marigolds, all sizes and shades with tier pungent odor. I collected odors in my … [Read More...]
T.S. Eliot and Sylvia Plath were two poets who helped me fall in love with poetry when I was a teenager. I’m not alone in my early reverence for these two poets, who on the surface are quite dissimilar. In addition to being a poet, Plath was an ambitious young woman, cheery in photographs, who … [Read More...]
Looking for something to spark a love for Latin? Try these Baroque Anagrams on for size. "On the last page of a collection of his anagrams, the author rearranges his own name to ask serione haec laudas? ('You actually like this stuff?'). He then puts that question to his anticipated critic and urges … [Read More...]
In my parish, every year we read the “Optional for use with the RCIA” readings for the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Sundays of Lent, which means that this past Sunday, we heard the story of the raising of Lazarus. Lazarus as presented in the scriptures is a bit of an enigma. He might be the titular character, … [Read More...]