Purity & Love


“If only you saw what I can see, you’d understand why I need your modesty.”

So… virtue = being careful to stay out of the way of the sinfulness of young men. “That’s what makes you beautiful.” Got it.


The First Thanksgiving: Eight Lessons for Learning from History

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series The First Thanksgiving

Putting together a coherent story from evidence is hard work. No wonder we reach for story first and evidence after, unless the discipline of History can teach us better habits!


The Breastplate of St. Patrick

St. Patrick by Hamish Burgess

I bind unto myself the power /
Of the great love of the cherubim; /
The sweet ‘well done’ in judgment hour, /
The service of the seraphim, /
Confessors’ faith, Apostles’ word, /
The Patriarchs’ prayers, the Prophets’ scrolls, /
All good deeds done unto the Lord, /
And purity of virgin souls.


Epiphanies, Not Resolutions

Church Year

These are the questions of the New Year, and of the Seasons of Winter & Epiphany, as the days grow long & longer: Are you still seeking? What is your guide? What gifts do you bring?


Creation Groans

By Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK (Falcon 4 Uploaded by Magnus Manske) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Turning & turning – and do we now see /
Mere anarchy at last upon the world?


Veterans Never Stop Serving

2012 Veterans Day Poster

Even after our veterans take off the uniform, they never stop serving. Many apply the skills and experience they developed on the battlefield to a life of service here at home. They take on roles in their communities as doctors and police officers, engineers and entrepreneurs, mothers and fathers.


This Bloomsday, Ulysses is Free – Yes!

Got your Guinness? Then here’s Marcella Riordan as Molly Bloom (from the highly recommended Naxos audiobook), in a final affirmation of love & life.


World Read Aloud Day: March 7, 2012 — Register Now!

Reading & Writing is for everyone!

On March 7, 2012, LitWorld will sponsor the third annual World Read Aloud Day, and they are hoping to reach at least a million people to help support a global literacy movement. How can you participate?


Seven Books of Fools & Sacred Folly

What makes a fool’s day happy? And what — if anything — makes us wise?


Bugs Bunny Stole My Cognitive Surplus!

Bugs Bunny’s first appearance, July 27th, 1940, was nominated for an academy award.