Meryl Kaleida

Meryl Kaleida

Meryl Kaleida is Production Assistant and E-book Editor at Ignatius Press. She is also a guest writer for Catholic Word Report. She graduated from Ave Maria University with a Bachelors in Theology and Literature. Meryl is a wife, gardener, singer, author, chef, artist and lover of truth. Her short story "I Couldn't Help but Notice" is available as an eBook. You can also learn more about Meryl on her website Kaleida House.

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  1. Meryl Kaleida

    All Lives Matter

    May 7, 2018 12:00 pm Leave a Comment

    I recently read a novel called Reliquary by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. It is book number 2 in their Agent Pendergast series, and I highly recommend it. I have always enjoyed good mysteries and these books combine mystery with myth, science, and a little fantasy. The first book, Relic,… Read more »

    Tags: agent pendergast book reviews child homeless human dignity jennifer toth mole people mystery novel preston reliquary reviews

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    What was the last dramatic novel that you read? Was it a classic or pop fiction? Or perhaps, historical? Was it Biblical? Ah, you say, the Bible is not a novel! And you are right. But the Bible is one of the biggest dramas—particularly the Gospels. As we enter Advent,… Read more »


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    Back to Our Bluegrass Roots

    November 1, 2017 12:00 pm Leave a Comment

    Music is the language of the soul. J.R.R. Tolkien’s and C.S. Lewis’ narratives describe creation being sung into being. The scriptures tell us about choirs of angels, playing on the lute and harp, singing and dancing. The liturgy itself is woven with melodies and harmonies to focus our attention on… Read more »

    Tags: art bluegrass country music dolly parton music roy acuff

  4. I have not written for quite some time, but after some recent conversations with my 22-year-old brother, Christian, I had some inspiration. I am the oldest of four and two of my siblings are not even out of high school. There is a seven year gap between me and Christian,… Read more »

    Tags: Narnia Read aloud siblings Tolkien

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      Today is the opening day of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio! And I am beyond excited. Television sports and I don’t usually mingle very well (except for maybe baseball), so this is the only time every 4 years that you’ll see me cheering at the T.V. over athletic bravado…. Read more »

    Tags: 2016 Olympics adversity inspiration Olympians Olympics Rio 2016

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    Once Upon a Time…

    May 3, 2016 12:14 pm 9 Comments

    My fellow writer, John Herreid, posted recently about the importance of stories in family life. John’s article has many helpful resources to help you find appropriate literature and movies for kids. Stories with values, morals, and important lessons are what shape your children into the adults they become. What you… Read more »

    Tags: Amoris Laetitia Marriage and family Once Upon a Time traditional fairy tales

  7. Married at First Blight

    January 15, 2016 12:46 pm 1 Comment

    This is a ‘novels’ blog, and I decided that “reality” TV shows are something ‘novel’ about which something needs to be written. I confess. I am Catholic and I watch reality TV. Sometimes. Maybe more than I should. And admit it, a lot of you do too.  I want to… Read more »

    Tags: marriage reality TV sacrament TV TV reviews

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    The Hunger Games trilogy came to a cinematic close the weekend before Thanksgiving, and while Mockingjay Part 2 redeemed itself from Mockingjay Part 1, I do not think most people will understand the message this series conveys. In 2012, I wrote a review on the first and second movie, which gave… Read more »


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    Are You Blind?

    November 3, 2015 11:00 am 1 Comment

    I have been on another Dean Koontz kick, and over the last six months I have read 77 Shadow Street, The Husband, The Bad Place, By the Light of the Moon, Watchers, Breathless and most recently Your Heart Belongs to Me. While I enjoyed all of them, I still maintain… Read more »

    Tags: book reviews Dean Koontz reflection reviews suspense Your Heart Belongs to Me

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    The long awaited sequel to Michael O’Brien’s Father Elijah is finally here! O’Brien’s prose is akin to Tolkien, his characters akin to Dickens, and his story telling is some of the greatest of our times. As an avid novel reader and O’Brien fan, I was very excited to hear that… Read more »

    Tags: book reviews Elijah in Jerusalem Michael O'Brien

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