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The blog covers a lot of ground, but it usually focus upon the interesection of the arts and faith.
Writing In A New Year
2023-01-02 01:21
Happy 2023!!In case you haven't noticed, my writing has taken a bit of a dip lately. As I near the last five, or so, years of state government service before retirement, I start to feel like… Read More
Truth And Lies (A Catholic's Perspective)
2022-09-14 03:12
 It was 2003 when we learned the news that would uproot us once again from our church home. We had only just recently begun feeling like we belonged in the Episcopal Church.&n&hell…Read More
Russia And Ukraine
2022-03-23 03:30
I am no expert on geopolitical matters, but it seems to me we are upon the precipice in terms of the mantra “never again.”  After the destruction and bloodshed inflicte… Read More
2021-09-27 22:18
COVID has been enlightening in shining a spotlight on the darkness and disorder within our own minds.  It shouldn’t be a surprise that the relative madness of these days seem… Read More
A Modest Proposal (Desalination For Oregon)
2021-07-26 02:26
Unlike Jonathan Swift's work of the same name, today's post is aimed squarely at the topic of clean water management and creation in Oregon: just some food for thought, or...water for drink… Read More
Lake Pamelia Hike (Updated From 2012)
2021-07-20 00:04
A Day Hike to Lake PameliaWild Rhododendrons in bloom around the lake.Trying to get in better shape and break the daily routine a bit, I first ventured to Lake Pamelia around the summer of 2… Read More
The Ripples Of Emotional Abuse
2021-07-06 03:05
 I’ve never really written about emotional abuse before, but I thought I’d pen a few paragraphs on this dark topic tonight.  My wife and I know of a couple where t… Read More
A Call For Your Miracles!
2021-03-08 00:36
Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.--St. AugustineDo you have family miracles that have not been widely shared, stories that should really be… Read More
In Memory Of My Nephew, Jonah Dennis
2021-02-02 04:08
ObituaryJonah Mark Dennis, age 16, died Thursday, January 21, 2021.  He was born in Santa Cruz, California on March 12, 2004 to Richard Dennis and Felicia Wilson Lee, joining two older… Read More
Taking A Break From The Writing And Podcast
2020-11-02 03:56
Besides a love of the written word, one of the central reasons I have continued investing in the writing and podcast efforts over the years was to create a significant wealth of communicatio… Read More
SEIU 503 Troubles Podcast
2020-09-21 02:55
As discussed in several previous posts, I have had some issues over the years with SEIU 503.  Past posts have documented my frustrations with their positions, but they crossed a new lin… Read More
An Open Letter To SEIU Re: BLM
2020-07-24 03:48
Writing a letter the day following hand surgery ranks right up there with having a root canal, but some things need to be said--sooner rather than later.Before getting to the meat of th… Read More
A Conversation With William Snyder
2020-05-28 04:17
Today's INTERVIEW on Sounds and Words features William Snyder, the producer of EWTN Radio's Bear Woznick Adventure as well as the founder of Patchwork Heart Ministry, a non-profit 501(c… Read More
Information Security For Dummies
2020-05-26 02:43
We all know the importance of keeping our passwords safe, changing them regularly, and using a password complexity that is commensurate with the information being secured, but are there othe… Read More
The Sky Is Falling...Deja Vu?
2019-09-14 05:47
I shared recently about how it feels to see old friends and colleagues falling into environmental hysteria; it's as if they imagine ours is the first generation to ever consider the planet d… Read More
BEAT The HEAT Giveaway
2019-08-06 02:59
How would you like to win one of (4) $100 Amazon eGift Cards?! Here's your chance from the #1 site for #Reader #Giveaways: The Kindle Book Review. Just click the link and enter the… Read More
2019-06-11 03:01
Today's guest on Sounds and Words is Nancy Ward, the author of Sharing Your Catholic Faith Story. discusses evangelization and renewal. In this, she is drawing from her own background that… Read More
A Facebook Departure
2018-11-03 21:15
It's been an interesting week, but one thing that has struck me is the negative aspects of social media in personal relations.  So many of the people on Facebook are more along the… Read More
Pacific Northwest Art And Book Sale!
2018-09-15 23:27
We hope you can drop by our brand new Pacific Northwest Art and Book Sale!  While Kimberly is between galleries, we thought this was a perfect time to put out our biggest sale to d… Read More
Small Business In Oregon: The LLC
2018-08-30 03:46
This is an experimental public service post.  Depending upon feedback, the series may / may not continue.Have you been thinking of starting an LLC in Oregon, but you didn't know quite w… Read More
Understanding The Abuse Controversy
2018-08-28 03:26
The essay below began as a simple article, but I have decided to scratch the project for now. For one thing, the latest developments make this particular approach less timely than it was, a… Read More
A Tempered View Of SEIU's Purpose
2018-07-04 05:07
Back in 2011, I honestly didn't see the purpose or need of a union for Oregon State employees like myself.  I wrote about Union Troubles on this blog and put these representation issues… Read More
2018-07-02 04:28
One of the many memorable things about last year's visit to  Sperlonga, Italy, situated on the Tyrrhenian Sea, was a delightfully simple, yet elegant ice cream dessert I ordered at… Read More
The History Of Israel
2018-01-16 00:39
The Arch of Titus in Rome, photographed by Karl Erickson.A guest blogger joins us today to share two fascinating timelines of the history of Israel.  More information may be added… Read More
A Little Catholic Satire
2018-01-15 00:46
Truth be known, good Catholic satire has a long history.  G.K. Chesterton had a great sense of humor, after all.  Humor plays an important (and often overlooked) role in… Read More
Leaning Italian: The Italian Mass
2017-11-13 00:32
One of my future goals is to learn Italian.  Part of that venture may include studying examples of the Mass in Italian and English.  This page serves as a starting point for what I… Read More
2017-11-07 03:13
I’ll be the first to confess that I have a bias in favor of the writers and (most) artists of past generations more than today—just as I tend to prefer classical composers belong… Read More
What A Journey!
2017-09-21 03:06
From September 1st through the 18th, I walked about 110 miles between the United Kingdom and Italy.  Our journey brought us to some of the world's greatest museums in London a… Read More
2017-09-13 09:38
I'm trying to do my first blog post via iPhone today.   While traveler nerves and feet (walked almost 80 miles since September 1st) may both be getting worn down, nearly one more exciti… Read More
2017-08-28 00:46
Depart for London: August 31Arrive in London: September 1Depart for Rome: September 7Arrive in Rome: September 7Returning Home: September 18     The trip is starting to feel r… Read More
Atticus Finch's Identity Crisis
2017-08-14 21:09
I am pausing from the #MULondonRome2017- themed posts to share a different kind of academic article.  This was originally intended for an academic publication, but I've come to the conc… Read More
The Magic Of Concrete
2017-08-06 23:41
"Italy Sulmona view of the Roman aqueduct with the Del Vecchio fountain in the foreground"     In the fourth chapter of Robert Hughes' Rome, A Cultural Visual, and Personal Hi… Read More
Sunstone And Fountains
2017-07-31 23:49
     In the prologue of Robert Hughes' book on Rome, he quotes the opening lines from Octavio Paz's poem entitled "Piedra del Sol."  Here is the passage in both English a… Read More
Roman Draining Of Fucine Lake
2017-07-31 04:08
          One of the great wonders of ancient Rome was its ingenious strategy for bringing fresh water into the city.  With its stunning creation of aquedu… Read More
Robert Hughes' Rome
2017-07-23 04:19
Roman helmetWhat about defense?  On the collective level of the army on the march, the Romans displayed unique fortitude and energy in self-protection.  Knowing that "barbarians" i… Read More
Romulus And Remus And The Origins Of Rome
2017-07-16 04:54
     When it comes to the the founding of Rome, one may turn to writers such as Livy, who described Romulus and Remus as twins whom the king ordered drowned in the Tiber. &nbs&hell…Read More
Thoughts On Virgil's Aeneid
2017-07-16 00:40
     Back at Eisenhower High School, studying Roman and Greek mythology under our teacher, simple Tom Kuykendall back then, represents some of my fondest academic memories. &n&hell…Read More
Brief Reflections On A
2017-07-04 03:44
I enjoyed recently watching A Room with a View, and I look forward to reading the book by E.M. Forster. As the motion picture was released between my junior and senior years in hig… Read More
London/Rome Study Abroad
2017-07-03 04:47
It's getting closer to the time of departure, and it's truly hard to imagine I'm finally going to be traveling (and learning) through London and Rome.In about eight weeks, I'll be leaving th… Read More
Brand New Home On The Web!
2017-04-04 02:32
We are excited to announce a brand new combined website for Karl Erickson's writing and Kimberly Erickson's glass art and illustrations.  You will find our new front door HERE.  We… Read More
Exploring Commonplace Books
2016-11-21 05:34
My Early Modern Literature and Culture course (aka Shakespeare's Sister) at Marylhurst University introduced me to commonplace books this term.  These books have been around for centuri… Read More
Facing The Truth About Facebook
2016-09-25 02:50
(This essay first appeared in Oregon Catholics, a private group from Facebook.)It's not that I have anything against Facebook...  On second thought, maybe I do have a little something a… Read More
Starting An LLC In Oregon?
2016-09-24 22:23
Have you been thinking of starting an LLC in Oregon, but you don't know quite where to start? This is my first small business themed post, but I hope you find the information offered helpful… Read More
Fall Reflections
2016-09-24 22:17
Fall ReflectionsAs a reader of this message today, you become an important part of our arts and writing community.  Thank you for this.  While the regular newsletter remains on hol… Read More
#NeverTrump & #NeverHillary & #AlwaysPray
2016-08-15 00:29
It's been an election cycle to remember, yet I hope it's also one I can soon forget.  I'm a conservative Republican and Christian who has considered himself a stalwart Republican since… Read More
A Review Of Cannery Pier Hotel
2016-08-07 23:42
     I have a confession to make.  We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary at Cannery Pier Hotel & Spa in beautiful Astoria, Oregon last September, and this is com… Read More
Consumer Alert Re: Appliance Hospital
2016-08-07 23:38
Below is a copy of a letter shared with Kelly's Home Center.  Unfortunately, the cost of damages has risen more after realizing that the carpet can't be salvaged and hardwood floors wil… Read More
Medieval Mystics
2016-04-26 03:30
It's a long story, but sometimes one reads an assignment incorrectly.  In a nutshell, that's how this post was born.  Hope it's of some interest!Between Julian of Norwich and Marge… Read More
Good Day At Once!
2016-04-23 22:11
Greetings!View this email in your browserGood Day at Once!On this, the 400th anniversary of the passing of the world's greatest bard, I thought it was only fitting to say hello to… Read More
The Syrian Refugee Dilemma
2015-12-14 00:47
     The Syrian refugee crisis is a heart-rending example of man's inhumanity to man.  The Middle East, no stranger to wickedness on a grand scale, is a house on fire. &n&hell…Read More
Introducing Roland West By Theresa Linden!
2015-12-06 23:23
I wanted to take a moment to introduce my friend's new book! (Additional information and image coming this afternoon.)Book blurb: Despised by his older twin brothers, new to River Run High… Read More

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