I almost died. Twice.
“I can see that you’ve turned the penance-grove into a pleasure-garden!” March is a strange month in Oregon. It is appropriately Lenten: overrun with tedious rain, dismally gray—but also a prelude to Easter, a doorway to spring. Daffodils break through first, while the grass is still crusty with … [Read More...]
Do you enjoy reading our Deep Down Things blog, hosted by Dappled Things? Have you ever thought you might want to write something to appear here? Now you can. Deep Down Things will continue to provide the same insightful, intriguing, and entertaining content you’ve come to expect, written by the … [Read More...]
Did you know there is a metal band named Eyehategod? That’s the least of your problems if you’re a Christian metal fan. What would your mother say? I don’t have that problem. Instead, I listen to elderly ballads and pop songs that might make your mother squint suspiciously. But I defend them when … [Read More...]
Without doubt, Gabriel García Márquez, Colombia's most famous author, has been a big influence in my own writing, and I'm certainly not alone in that. I was pleasantly surprised to find that today's new Google doodle commemorates the (deceased) author's 91st birthday. For those curious to know more … [Read More...]
Forget horror, is the mystery novel too much for Catholics to handle? "As gritty as the worlds of Sam Spade and Phillip Marlowe were, and as tough as these P.I.s could be, they weren’t nihilistic, having a strong sense of justice and a code of honor. In the Detection Club of the 1920s-1940s, whose … [Read More...]