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    Eric Clayton

    Eric A. Clayton is the deputy director of communications for the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States. He has a BA in creative writing and international studies from Fairfield University and an MA in international media from American University. Eric writes Story Scraps on Substack. He lives in Baltimore, MD, with his wife and two daughters. Clayton is the author of Cannonball Moments: Telling Your Story, Deepening Your Faith and My Life with the Jedi: The Spirituality of Star Wars.

    The War of the Bedtime Stories

    A minor religious conflict broke out during our bedtime reading not so long ago. It was unexpected—and pretty hilarious. Once upon a time, my eldest daughter, Elianna, received from her...

    This Is No Time to Paint

    Our girls were in bed, the dishes were clean, and I had just poured myself a glass of wine. There were at least two TV shows that I was...

    More Music or More Noise?

    “Do you wanna hear my song, Daddy? I’ve been practicing all year.” I eyed my five-year-old daughter suspiciously. With brown eyes, wide and earnest, she sat at my parents’ piano....

    Blackened Pans and the Wear and Tear of Life

    We roast a lot of vegetables in our home, much to our daughters’ chagrin. Brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, broccoli—the oven is always working. “But I don’t like broccoli,” my...

    Here There Be Mermaids

    We hadn’t expected mermaids. Unicorns, sure. The queen? Most likely. Knights and jousting and turkey legs—obviously. But mermaids? My daughters were enchanted. “I have a question, Daddy,” the eldest, four-and-a-half, said. “Sure,” I...

    What We Can—And Definitely Can’t—Learn About Gods from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe

    It’s easy to forget that Thor is a god. I was reminded of this recently watching the latest installment in the Thor franchise—a crucial piece of the larger Marvel Cinematic...