I Am Providence

One of my first internet adventures (probably around 1993) was to find and print out a picture of H. P. Lovecraft’s grave in Providence.  The printout is long gone, but I can still picture the graininess and remember how long it took to print.  Now I live 45...

Day 25: Swimming

I can’t really swim – I mostly just splash around – so I thought today I would write about the Kraken, a giant squid or octopus of mythology.  Tennyson, my favorite poet, wrote an irregular sonnet titled The Kraken: Below the thunders of the upper...

Day 24: Light

The province of Nuristan – land of light – in Afghanistan used to be known as Kafiristan – land of unbelievers – before the inhabitants were (forcibly) converted to Islam in 1895.  They formerly practiced a Vedic religion – basically a...

St. Nicholas & The Sea

Today’s assignment in the 40 days of blogging exercise includes a very cool gallery of icons at Fr. Peck’s site.  The association of St. Nicholas with the sea or sailors is at first a little confusing – kind of like how Poseidon is the god of the sea...

Day 17: Sword

When studying Biblical languages, especially from the books I recommended in a previous post, be ready for some rather grim exercises and example sentences.  I say this not so much because of difficulty but rather the content – “the prophet commanded us to...

Deja Vu All Over Again

It looks like I should have read ahead – today’s assignment is “Reading the Scriptures”.  I got into this yesterday, so let me take a different approach.  It is best to know scripture well in your own language, so you can make connections and...