Daily Archives: January 29, 2014

Shoeless Joe and the Healing of the Soul

Friends of Padre Steve’s World. Today was a snow day as we recovered from one of the biggest snow events of the past 20 years in the Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads region. So with snow on the ground my mind turns to the healing power of baseball. This is an older post that I wrote about W.P. Kinsella’s classic book “Shoeless Joe,” on which the film “Field of Dreams” is based. In not much, just a couple of weeks, pitchers and catchers will report to Spring Training, and that my friends is a good thing. Like the Swallows returning to the San Juan Capistrano Mission, it is a sure harbinger of Spring and the return of life, to a cold and often cruel world. Peace, Padre Steve+

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“Success is getting what you want, but happiness is wanting what you get.” Eddie Scissions inShoeless Jo

I don’t read much non-fiction. However I do appreciate writers that can tell a story and make it feel real and bring the wood pulp that becomes the pages of a book to life.  I appreciate the writers who are able to blend fantasy and reality, history, religion, faith and mystery and in doing so bring me into the world that they create. It is quite amazing when I think about it.

Before Iraq the fiction I read was historical fiction or the genre of “alternative history.” I gravitated toward military fiction like Anton Meyrer’s Once an Eagle or W.E.B. Griffin’s The Brotherhood of War series and Michael Shaara’s The Killer Angels. All dealt with a military culture that was part of me and that I could relate to because of that…

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