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Les Misthéologies

A Boston Globe columnist by the name of Jennifer Graham has recently fallen under the spell of the theatrical and movie musical of Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel Les Misérables. For some reason she has chosen to mark her love of … Continue reading

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Chet Raymo on ‘The Holy Family’

In an interesting bit of juxtaposition, science writer Chet Raymo writes about a recent book that “proves” heaven’s existence, then contrasts it with my belief/unbelief-themed novel, The Holy Family. Here’s the post, or click to read it at Raymo’s Science … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Day (from The Holy Family)

My novel The Holy Family opens on a Thanksgiving morning in Manhattan: “A hint of early morning light peeks through the long thin opening between the window shade and the sill…” Novelist Larry Baker, author of The Flamingo Rising and … Continue reading

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Spanking Good

One element of my novel The Holy Family, which explores the nature of religious belief and unbelief, is a controversial painting of Mary, Joseph, and the infant Jesus. In the novel, the painting is the work of the narrator’s daughter, … Continue reading

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Cheap Plastic Pearls

Not so long ago I attended a baptism at a Catholic church. Try as I might, I still can’t forget the little illustrative story the priest told as part of his performance of the ritual. The gist of the story … Continue reading

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Fanfare for the Common People

I admit to feeling a bit worn out by the incessant politics of the past several weeks of the debt-ceiling “crisis” and its bitter and stupid “resolution.” We know by now that the American people are the big losers in … Continue reading

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Republicanity, by Gary Laderman

I urge folks to read Gary Laderman’s latest at Religion Dispatches: ‘Republicanity’ — The GOP Transformation is Nearly Complete. Laderman begins: “Let’s just face the facts and not kid ourselves anymore. Yes, it’s time to wake up and smell the … Continue reading

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Rob and Mother Bernadette Mary

My iPod seemed to be making a point of shuffling songs by Sinéad O’Connor into my ears the other day as I took my hour-long walk around the high school track. Earlier, a friend on Facebook had mentioned O’Connor in … Continue reading

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