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…

Deeper Magic

Yes, we gave up meats and sweets for Lent...

But there are some things on earth that partake of a deeper magic than Lent, rituals that are woven into the very fabric of the world. To disobey these mandates would be to set the whole of creation to naught. Hot Chocolate after playing in the snow is one such thing...

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Anonymous said…
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Rick said…
Though I would not break a vow lightly, yet as I did not clearly define or verbalize my vow, I felt free to fudge it for for things that are most holy and sacred. Hot chocolate after playing in the snow was one. Just today I "broke" it once again to have a tea party with my kids, a thanksgiving as simple and sacred as all the rituals in all the world. :)

Man was not made for fasting, but fasting for man.
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