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…

Four Limericks about Government "Charity"

I wanted to help the poor but
The government wanted a cut.
"It's really not fair,"
They said with a glare.
"We'll hit you with a rifle butt."

Charity without laws is dead.
At least I think that's what they said.
We'll trust Capitol Hill
Instead of good will
To care for the needy instead.

When Jesus said help those in need,
I'm pretty sure government greed
To fill up their coffers
With lobbyists' offers
Is what we're intended to feed.

I'm not one for pointless contrariety,
But good sense is often a rarity.
Those who think that Christ's maxims
Call for to federal actions
Should learn about subsidiarity.