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…

Why I Can Never be Roman Catholic

A while back, I was writing a series of posts on why I don't convert to Roman Catholicism or Eastern Orthodoxy. That series died out as I was (a) strapped for time, and (b) bored with writing it. However, I was reminded this Saturday 0f the main reason I could never join the Roman Catholic Church.

On Saturday, we went to a booksale at the local Catholic Church. Our kids must have been all kinds of cute there because the three ladies running the sale kept talking to them. As we were checking out and getting ready to leave, one of the ladies offered our kids some pretzels and then asked them their names.

"Luther," said Luther.

At this, all three of the old catholic ladies exlaimed, "Luther!" with the surprise one might find at learning that the very nice gentleman one had been taking tea with was wanted by the police. Then one of them sweetly said, "My, that's an interesting name."


Lucian said…
So You can't be Catholic cuz You've named Your child Luther... wow!
Dale said…
Yes, he'd have to change his child's name to Erasmus.