“Again, Papa, please, please, again!” … More A Poem for National Tell A Fairy Tale Day
The wind is howling through the winter night,
Like to a pack of angry wolves that cry. … More The Wind is Howling Through The Winter Night
Who is the woman pursued by Poe in his acrostic Valentine poem? … More Poe’s Valentine
These are the things St. Brigid wished for . . . … More St. Brigid’s Wishes
Burst, O sea, on the sands of the shore!
Scream aloud. Fling up your wild arms white.
Grovel, and shriek to the strong wind’s roar;
Peal up your cry through the pitiless night. … More My Love is Mine
What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness; but love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country. . . … More Love, Wisdom, and Compassion
“Thou angel of God who hast charge of me, [be] round about me this night,” … More Guarded and Guided
“A merry Christmas, and a very good year to you;Luck and health to the whole household,Life, pleasantness and sprightliness to you together,Peace and love between men and women;Goods and riches, stock and store.Plenty of potatoes and herring enough;Bread and cheese, butter and beef.Sleeping safely when you are in bed,Undisturbed by the flea’s tooth, sleeping well.” In … More A Very Good Year To You
The last weekend before Christmas: in other years, we would be attending Holiday parties, sometimes weighing which invitations to accept and for which ones to send our regrets. In 2020, after nine months of COVID hysteria and pandemic prudence, the obligatory workplace gala would be welcomed for once. Instead, I’ll share with you a … More Party Like It’s 2020
As an undergraduate, we’d read Edmund Spencer’s The Faerie Queene. The professor explained how the Red Cross Knight represented St. George, the patron saint of England, and his defeat of the dragon represented the triumph of British Protestantism over the presumed errors of ‘superstitious’ Catholicism. Twenty years later I found myself in an Orthodox church … More King Under the Mountain: St. George of England