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A moment in Gregory of Tours illustrating canon law textual criticism

This event in Gregory of Tours came up over lunch with a friend, so I thought I’d re-post it for your reading pleasure.

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Gregory of Tours and Salvius of Albi before Chilperic I Gregory of Tours and Salvius of Albi before Chilperic I

In his History of the Franks, (written ca. 593/4) 5.18, Gregory (Bishop) of Tours provides a lengthy description and discussion of the trial of Praetextatus, Bishop of Rouen, by King Chilperic who was accusing Praetextatus of colluding with Chilperic’s enemies and selling/giving away some of the king’s goods for his own profit. Eventually, despite Gregory testifying in the trial as to Praetextatus’ innocence, and the worthiness of Praetextatus’ testimony, some of Chilperic’s cronies trick Praetextatus into making a confession that he had colluded with Chilperic’s son Merovech to have Chilperic murdered. Praetextatus’ hope was that he would receive mercy and clemency from the king.

King Chilperic, unfortunately, was operating to please his wife Fredegund. And if a Frankish king or lord is ever doing something nasty because of his wife or mistress in Gregory’s History, he will see…

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Han Shot First – And Why It Matters

We watched Star Wars last night, and I thought this was worth re-posting. Sadly, in the version we saw, Han shot second…

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Now, it may not matter in terms of great global or cosmic realities whether Greedo or Han shot first in the Mos Eisley cantina in Star Wars. However, in terms of story and what Star Wars is all about — or was all about, before GL took over complete creative control (perhaps he isn’t a genius after all) — it matters. And not just to me — Googling “han shot first” gets you over 199,000 hits.

When Star Wars was released in 1977, no one knew it would become an iconic, mythical, legendary hit and mainstay of popular culture like few other things. So when we meet Han Solo, he is a scoundrel capable of becoming a better man, but not yet — because Star Wars isn’t a mythic thing that buys into its own hype yet, right?

Anyway, when we meet Han Solo, we meet a criminal who…

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C. S. Lewis Rules

As I frantically write the last sections of my thesis, some wisdom from C S Lewis for all who write.

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C. S. Lewis was not only a great writer of books but a caring man who answered his mail and never missed an opportunity to encourage young writers. In 1959 an American schoolgirl wrote to C. S. Lewis asking him for advice on the craft of writing. He sent her a list of eight rules.

1. Turn off the radio.

2. Read good books and avoid most magazines.

3. Write with the ear, not the eye. Make every sentence sound good.CS Lewis Writing

4. Write only about things that interest you. If you have no interests, you won’t ever be a writer.

5. Be clear. Remember that readers can’t know your mind. Don’t forget to tell them exactly what they need to know to understand you.

6. Save odds and ends of writing attempts, because you may be able to use them later.

7. You need a well-trained sense of word-rhythm, and…

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Praise be to Juniper! Also: What sorts of things do you want read here?


This Playmobil Gaul’s moustache is not unlike his.

You may have noticed some silence from this blog of late. Well, my magnificently-moustachioed brother-in-law has saved this blog from ruination, and it now appears to operating properly! So expect more stuff.

So now I ask you, dear reader — what stuff do you want? I assure you, there will be stuff about Paris. But, otherwise, what do you want to see more of:

Science Fiction and Fantasy

-Late Antiquity

The Middle Ages


A mountain of shoes

I just shined my dress shoes in preparation for living in Germany for three months. The shoe-shine kit was found in our wardrobe. It took me a moment to find it because it was the heart of a mountain.

A mountain of shoes.

I did not count the myriad of shoes. They were legion, though. I can assure you. I have no doubt that my wife can account for a purpose for most of these shoes. The boots for work, the sandals for the showers at the pool, the sandals for summer (seldom worn since 2010), these shoes for office jobs, these shoes for that sort of outfit. And so on and so forth.

I own waterproof hiking boots, amazing winter boots that Aragorn would have worn, dress shoes, running shoes, Birkenstocks, and slippers.

But my work and my outfits are far less complicated.

Nonetheless, these little moments are insights into one another. What would be lurking at the bottom of the wardrobe were I a bachelor? Stuff I’d forgotten about. Shoes long dead and forgotten. Action figures that were cluttering things up because I’d acquired other, cooler toys to take their places. Maybe magazines. Or books.

Shoes are at least practical. And I’ve at least seen my wife in each pair of shoes on more than one occasion.

Off to do some dishes.


After a few months of being down and then unable to post, this blog is back! Be ready for more posts inspired by classical literature, sci-fi tv shows, and the bad grammar/punctuation of Internetland!


I have applied for:

-Myriads of writing/editing/proofreading jobs on Craigslist and Monster, including “Label Editor”

-Baggage Handler


-CER at almost every Chapters/Indigo in the city

-Tutoring positions

-High School Latin teacher


-Church Secretary

-Court Stenographer

-Historical Interpreter

-Comic Shop guy

-Other bookstores

-Knight at Medieval Times

-Pretty much anything I could see

I think I’ve applied to between 80 and 100 jobs.  People say that three months isn’t very long in the current economy.  Well, it seems more than long enough to me.  Sometimes I feel like I’m wasting away, applying for a couple of jobs most days, reading books, writing, going stir-crazy.

Hire me!  Now!  I’m a good worker!!!