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Foster Child

From the March 2010 Print Edition

Everywhere she goes, he goes. She’s brought him here for Sunday tea. He’s been with me two weeks , she says and deftly shifts him on her knee. The rest of us try not to see the fine blue feed-tube up his nose or how his spine won’t hold him up. She says, I’ve called him Samuel. . . . . Continue Reading »

The Killer Instinct

From the January 2010 Print Edition

A friend of mine, in her college days, had a bumper sticker that offered this peaceful counsel: Don’t Buy War Toys . Once, she and a companion were stuck in a traffic jam on the highway, next to several young men in a pickup on their way home from deer hunting. The traffic was creeping along, one . . . . Continue Reading »

The Drama of Hallowmas

From Web Exclusives

As a friend of mine observed recently, there is something medieval about Halloween. The masks, the running around in the dark, the flicker of candles in pumpkins, the smell of leaves and cold air—all of it feels ancient, even primal, somehow. Despite the now-inevitable preponderance of media-inspired costumes, Halloween seems, in execution, far closer to a Last Judgment scene above a medieval church door, or to a mystery play, than it does to Wal-Mart. Continue Reading »

Closing Our Doors

From First Thoughts

Many thanks to our fearless readers of the last six months. I’ll still be blogging several days a week at First Thoughts, as well as updating my personal blog, Castle in the Sea. We’re already off the blog bar, so I don’t know whether anyone will see this, but if you do, . . . . Continue Reading »

eBaywatch: All Saints, All the Time

From First Thoughts

Lo, October is hastening by, and the great Solemnity of All Saints is nearly upon us. If you were thinking of celebrating with vintage religious goods of one kind or another, here are some ideas.Vintage Medals: Saint BenedictSaint Maria GorettiMary Star of HeavenSaint InesHoly TrinityVintage . . . . Continue Reading »

More Armchair Church Tourism: UPDATED

From First Thoughts

Check out this slideshow of modernist churches around the world. Having grown up Methodist, I was intrigued by this gallery of United Methodist Churches. An illustrative factoid from Hamburg. Steeplescapes in Bogota, some unidentified Oklahoma location, and Camden and Wiscassett, Maine. More . . . . Continue Reading »