A Very Good Year To You

“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

Three Ways To Trap A Leprechaun {Book Review}

A boisterous red-haired older sister attempts to trap a leprechaun to prove to her skeptical little brother that leprechauns are real. She exuberantly creates Rube Goldberg-esque contraptions to pursue the leprechaun. Characters’ expressions are expertly illustrated. Delightful vocabulary and occasional internal rhyme. Some Fenians might object to the overuse of the four-leafed clover rather than … More Three Ways To Trap A Leprechaun {Book Review}

Very Strange Expressions of Christianity

They don’t look very Christian—those strange faces made of leaves, and those women displaying cartoonishly enlarged genitals on the walls of medieval churches. In his article for First Things, British folklorist and historian Francis Young makes a compelling argument that the odd, seemingly pagan expressions of Christianity that are found throughout Europe have more to do … More Very Strange Expressions of Christianity

Outside Over There; OR Goblin Weddings, Changelings, and the Otherworld

I’d shelved the book numerous times as a Children’s Librarian. But it took Victor LaValle’s creepy New York modern fairy tale, The Changeling, to get me to open its pages and actually read it.  (It looks vaguely familiar; perhaps I had opened it when scouring the shelves for a book to read aloud for storytime … More Outside Over There; OR Goblin Weddings, Changelings, and the Otherworld

Mothers Lament the Slaughter of the Innocents, an Irish Poem

“When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under . . .” – Matthew 2:16. The horrors of mass infanticide, as felt by the Irish and translated by Kuno Meyer … More Mothers Lament the Slaughter of the Innocents, an Irish Poem