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suellen-ocean's picture
Nov.22.2013
I had absolutely no idea that protestant came from the word protest. I've heard the word all my life and never thought to ask what it meant. As a child it meant... "not Catholic." That was good enough for me. Not that Catholic was a bad thing, my best friend was a Catholic and I thank my protestant...
suellen-ocean's picture
Nov.20.2013
Without going into King Henry VIII's desire to have his marriage annulled, which the Pope would not consent to, we'll skip to the political maneuvering the jolly king did to get his way. The king cut off English tithes to the Pope and ruled that church disputes would be taken up in England's courts...
harrison-solow's picture
Jun.19.2013
From Viaticum (working title): "I'm not sure there is a classical progression  from the moral to the ascetical to the mystical if we are to believe some of the lives of the saints and our own observation. And anyway, why is it a progression? Some are born with mystical minds. Some never leave...
robert-earle's picture
May.26.2013
How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill is one of those books that by the grand implausibility of its title and the excellence of its succinct execution achieves more than a 220 page volume has any right to expect.   There are two keys: First, Cahill's immense but easy erudition,...
mark-gillispie's picture
Feb.12.2013
Thursday has become the day my buddy Mike and I have lunch. Mike is a fellow reporter and the host of a popular morning news show on public radio here in Cleveland. Without exception, shrimp spring rolls and pho is our menu of choice at the best Vietnamese restaurant in the city. Mike and I are...
mark-gillispie's picture
Feb.10.2013
  The Baltimore Catechism tells us, “God is everywhere.” I sheepishly admit that is all that I can remember of the Baltimore catechism, which was taught to me as a wee lad on Saturday mornings at Immaculate Conception in Madison, Ohio. I can recite most of the lineup of the 1970 Baltimore...
bob-mustin's picture
Sep.15.2012
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, by James Joyce image via plodit.com    It sometimes takes a while to warm up to writing such as this first major work by James Joyce. His title tells the story cleanly enough, but there’s more to this bildungsroman than simply a young man coming...
lauren-john's picture
Jun.20.2012
   In the days before e-books, you could find out a lot about a person you were about to hook up with by taking a look at  their bookshelves. Of course,  there might not be any books around. But that, for me, was a dealbreaker. I could saunter over to the shelves,  look...
lauren-john's picture
Dec.14.2011
When I began this All Seasons blog four years ago, I was leading local book discussion groups and working as a solo librarian at the Town and Country Club in San Francisco. T&C--as it is fondly called by members--is a women's club that was founded in 1893 by Bay area society women.  I read...
bob-mustin's picture
Nov.30.2011
I'm not sure why this is an important topic, but here 'tis: 1.Sebastian Flyte, the eccentric drunkard at the heart of Evelyn Waugh’s novel Brideshead Revisited, after describing the degrees of religious devotion in his English Catholic family, finally confesses to Charles Ryder: via www....