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…

All Saints Day

Happy All Saints Day, everyone!

"My dear friends, it is the example of the righteous that we must make our own. It is written: 'Seek the company of the saints, for those who seek their company shall be sanctified.' There is also another passage in Scripture which states: 'With the innocent you will be innocent, and with the chosen you will also be chosen; likewise with the perverse you will deal perversely.' So let us take the innocent and the just as our companions; for they are God's chosen ones."
-from The Letter of Clement of Rome to the Church in Corinth

"Again, eternal life consists of the joyous community of all the blessed, a community of supreme delight, cince everyone will share all that is good with all the blessed. Everyone will love everyone else as they love themselves, and therefore will rejoice in another's good as in their own. So it follows that the happiness and joy of each grows in proportion to the joy of all."
 -from A Treatise on the Creed by Thomas Aquinas