Name: Mark

Location: United States of America

Religion: Christian, Roman Catholic

Philosophic Tendencies: Aristotelean Post Modernism (or something like that!)

Political Leanings: sometimes right, sometimes left – depends on the issue; but mostly right – I am from the South!

Hobbies: Reading mostly. I also like to cook and bake (there is a difference I’m told)

Favorite Composers in Order (Changes Regularly): 1- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 2- Joseph Haydn, 3- J. S. Bach, 4 – everybody else…

Some of My Favorite Books: Paradise Lost, John Milton; Faust, Goethe; The Idiot, Fyodor Dostoevsky; A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens; The Ballad of the White Horse, G.K. Chesterton; Witness To Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II, George Weigel; Fear and Trembling, Soren Kierkegaard; The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien, The New Testament and the People of God, N.T. Wright; Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen; Orthodoxy, G. K. Chesterton


The “More Than You Ever Needed To Know About Me” List:

  1. I live in Iowa. I am from the Charlotte area of North Carolina. I much prefer the South and the East Coast. I mean, Iowa has nice people and stuff, but it ain’t the South! Oh, how I miss the BBQ and cole slaw, not to mention to fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, fried okra, potato salad, corn bread, biscuits, candied yams, sausage, eggs, and grits…. Ok, I better stop. I’m happily distracted now.
  2. Best book I ever read? Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton. I’m so predictable. If you’ve read this blog for a week, you will have guessed that as my answer. But seriously, I have never had so much fun reading a book as I did reading Orthodoxy (the second time).
  3. Best novel? Here I will betray the fact that I am not well read, but I will have to answer A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. I have to say that I am really not a fan of Dickens, but I was blown away by this book.
  4. I drink whiskey… within moderation, of course.
  5. I have a budding interest in astronomy. I only have binoculars. I haven’t made the leap to a telescope yet. If I do make that leap, the interest will be no longer budding, but full tilt.
  6. Percent of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason that I can’t understand? 90%
  7. Number of pages made through von Balthasar’s Mysterium Paschale before I realized I had no idea what he was talking about? 37

6 Responses to “About”

  1. 1 Michael Liccione September 1, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Thanks for including PP on your blogroll!


  2. 2 Hermit without a Permit April 16, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    interesting site you have, i enjoyed reading, i also see you like my Flickr photograph of my Monastic Diurnal/ and Bible with candles from my prayer-corner, for your universalis link. i’m flattered.

  3. 3 kepha May 12, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    This is very cool. I might have to copy you.

  4. 4 Mark May 12, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Frank – Copy anything you’d like.

    I always laugh at my #7 there, because it’s literally true. One night about 2 years ago, I put down Mysterium Paschale because I had no idea what von Balthasar was talking about. He kept going on and on about heresies I had never heard of, and was using terminology that was completely foreign to me; not to mention that his complex thought can be hard to grasp for the beginner. Well, now the book sits on my bookshelf beside me with the bookmark still in page 37. One day I hope to return to it. One day when I get smart.

  5. 5 Renee March 28, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Hi Mark,

    I came across your blog while researching Chesterton on the topic of reason and how it relates to truth. I read an article today on Freshly Pressed that was disconcerting – about how “studies” are showing that “Emotions are the Foundation of Reason”. It’s amazing to me, the increase in momentum to eradicate truth as a standard, Something objective and not subjective.

    I enjoyed reading some of your posts as I treasure Chesterton’s legacy.

  6. 6 Judith Costello September 3, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Can we email you regarding a major history project?

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