Mind-mapping, originally understood, is a right-brained way to explore a topic by making a diagram of bubbles and lines and drawings and colors and little pictures on a piece of paper. There are a few applications, notably Buzan's original iMindMap, that aim to give the same experience on a computer; and there are many more … Continue reading A Better Mind-Mapping App
I did an interview with Julie Davis about her new book, Seeking Jesus in Everyday Life, a couple of weeks ago; it was published at Aleteia, and I just realized that I forgot to post it here. Among other things, she talks about what she learned about Jesus from Bram Stoker's Dracula: During that time … Continue reading Interview: Julie Davis on Jesus and Dracula
Some while back I said that I'd finished my next book, Very Truly Run After...and then I sent it off to Julie and discovered that I hadn't. Most authors have first readers. My process is a little different. As I'm writing the book, I read the new material to my wife Jane and my friend … Continue reading Running After Very Truly Run After
A little something I wrote back in 2002. As everyone with children already knows, Disney has just released Beauty and the Beast on DVD. My kids had never seen it, and as it truly was the great musical (animated or otherwise) of its day Jane nabbed a copy the next time she visited Costco. We … Continue reading Pedant Errant: Beauty and the Beast
My latest at Aleteia: Praying the Luminous Mysteries for Vocations: One Sunday, our pastor asked us to concentrate on praying for vocations the following week. More specifically, he challenged us to pray the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary for this intention. He went on to propose a set of petitions, one for each mystery, and … Continue reading At Aleteia: Praying the Luminous Mysteries for Vocations
Julie Davis has written a lovely review of my new book, Through Darkest Zymurgia!. You should go read it. (And the book, too!) Here's the money quote: Through Darkest Zymurgia! is what you'd get if you crossed P.G. Wodehouse with H. Rider Haggard and sprinkled a generous dose of Douglas Adams over the whole. I'm … Continue reading Wodehouse and Haggard and Adams, Oh My!