Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

The Dormition of the Theotokos

Today is a feast day in the Orthodox Church commemorating the death of Mary, mother of Jesus. It is part of a rich liturgical tradition dating all the way back to the 5th century, celebrating the falling asleep of the woman chosen by God to bear the Messiah.

In other news, today is also a feast day in the Roman Catholic Church commemorating the bodily assumption of Mary into heaven. It is part of a rich liturgical tradition dating all the way back to 1950, celebrating the physical translation of Mary directly into heaven.



Erica said…
You sound as though you've been talking to Dale ;-)
The church had a dinner for the Dormition.
Oddly enough...the church is called Assumption because the people who named it thought the Assumption and Dormition were the same thing. I think everyone there has known that for so long that it's ceased to be amusing, but I still laugh about it.
Xindaeltal said…
Come on over Rick, come on over ;-)
Rick said…
So the people who named the church were operating under the "assumption" that they were the same thing?

Sorry, bad pun. Just couldn't resist.