Dust in the Light on Planet Corona


There may still be a few readers out there who’ll remember that I got my blogging start with a site called Dust in the Light nearly 20 years ago.  When a few of us began Anchor Rising a couple years later, I tried to keep up Dust in the Light for a while, with more of a national and social-issue.  Then, not long after the Ocean State Current started, time just didn’t allow for all that differentiating of content.

Nowadays, a little bit of time freed up, but more important, there are some things I want to write about that just don’t fit on the Current.  Sometimes I’ve tried to force them in, but the fit isn’t quite there.

So, I’ve revived Dust in the Light for philosophical and theological essays and maybe the odd bit of stylistic writing.  Not only are these styles and topics that I miss as a writer, they are also increasingly missing from the public square, from what I’ve seen.  (It doesn’t have to be a solo effort, by the way, so if you want to send me content, I’ll consider it and, per my usual practice, draft you as an independent contributor as soon as I think it’s reasonable.)

My first essay is “Coronavirus Earth,” about the ways in which life under COVID-19 has been “clarifying many ideas with experience that were previously abstract.”

  • ShannonEntropy

    Like you I was raised a Roman Catholic and there’s this blog I follow that you might like that deals a lot with religious and theistic issues:


    I’m esp down with his anti-Darwinism but he’s against stuff like pre- or extra-marital sex — things I heartily endorse… but then again I donut agree with *myself* 100% of the time so it’s all good ;^)

    • Justin Katz

      Thanks. I’ll take a look. Just by way of a note, I converted to Catholicism in my 20s.

      • ShannonEntropy

        I spent 4 yrs at a boarding Catholic seminary high school in Ohio, now closed but the abutting seminary college is still there:


        I am now ex-communicated cuz I divorced my first wife and got married again without bothering to get the first one annulled. Ironically my wife of 31 yrs just passed away last July but that doesn’t change my status with the Church one bit

        I live less than a 5 minute walk from St Peter’s in Warwick and even tho I’ve lived here in Pawtuxet 28 yrs I’ve never been inside that church

        I do still follow the Church closely, and am firmly a member of “Team Francis-is-a-Heretic” :