Essays on Faith, Family and Culture

The Pain We Cause by Gossiping

"Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor." It's a commandment. Not a suggestion. It's a Commandment, Not a Suggestion Over the weekend, I watched as gossip flowed about the disappearance of "A" and her baby "C.' "A", as you may recall, is an internet acquaintance, someone I met via social media. I followed… Continue reading The Pain We Cause by Gossiping

Essays on Faith, Family and Culture

Living as Flesh and Blood in a Virtual World

We are living in an age when calumny is king. It is becoming difficult to live as a flesh and blood being in a virtual world. The Collision Between Reality and Narrative This week, two stories captured my every waking moment. One story may be familiar to you: teenagers waiting for a bus at the… Continue reading Living as Flesh and Blood in a Virtual World

Books

It Was Mine Selected as Top Novella, Receives Great Reviews

My novella, It Was Mine, is receiving pure 5-star ratings on both Amazon and Goodreads - the top rating you can give a book. Shortly after Christmas, I found out that the blogger over at Franciscan Mom had awarded It Was Mine the title of "Best Novella" of 2018. I'm thrilled. It's not a Pulitzer,… Continue reading It Was Mine Selected as Top Novella, Receives Great Reviews

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Essays on Faith, Family and Culture

The Long, Slow, and Expected Demise of the Women’s Magazine

I read today that Glamour has joined the ranks of women's magazines to move to an all-digital format. The print magazine will no longer be available. It's a not unexpected but it is a sad end to the era of the glossy women's magazines.     It's a hot August afternoon in 1983. I'm sprawled… Continue reading The Long, Slow, and Expected Demise of the Women’s Magazine

Essays on Faith, Family and Culture

Mayberry Is Gone: Security Upgrades at Our Courthouse

The Mayberry I knew is gone. The Town of Farmville just upgraded the security at the courthouse, and while I understand the need for it, I dislike it. Perhaps the Mayberry I knew never really existed, except in comparison with what I left behind in New York City. The Mayberry I Knew: Farmville, Virginia The… Continue reading Mayberry Is Gone: Security Upgrades at Our Courthouse