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Terence Faherty writes a blog article about synchronicity. Nice!


I think TF might like this blog, or at least appreciate the bumbling effort I’m putting forth.






On the evening before that stormy Thursday night when the Reverend Curtis Hartman sat in the bell tower of the church waiting to look at her body, young Willard had gone to visit the teacher and to borrow a book.

Dr. Krystal Bowden, the grown-up daughter of Curtis Morell, the remorseless killer seminarian-turned-shamus Owen Keane helped to lock up in The Lost Keats (1993), wants Owen to come out to Rapture to investigate the disappearance of elderly herbalist Prestina Shipe, evidently carried off in the middle of her breakfast.

The Owen Keane series are contemporary novels whose main character dropped out of a Roman Catholic seminary based on the School of Theology at St. Meinrad Archabbey. The series contains seven novels and one collection of short stories:


Saint Meinrad is an unincorporated census-designated place in Harrison Township, Spencer County, Indiana, along the Anderson River and just off Interstate 64. It is home to the St. Meinrad Archabbey. It is situated about 55 miles east of Evansville. Because of the archabbey, St. Meinrad, along with Harrison Township, lies within the Archdiocese of Indianapolis instead of the much closer Diocese of Evansville, in which lies the rest of Spencer County.




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Is Lafferty actually Faherty? There is no faher/ pop place in US. Is Faherty the successor or the chosen companion to Anderson?

Last night I looked for Lafferty novels for about 2 hours in the basement, remembering this:


Then this morning found out about the similar sounded Faherty through Rapture, IN. Seems too odd to dismiss.

Does Lafferty/Faherty fit into the 12/13 *middle* of Winesap, a second source? Rev. Hartman, also with tested faith, is Cinderella match for Rev. Owen Keane?

Barton (var=Anderson; see above) in Belmont County, OH
Lafferty (2 of 2) in Belmont County, OH
father/ (included in name Faherty): Maynard (var=Fathermac) in Belmont County, OH

All these are quite close together.

Lafferty, Maynard, Barton

5 lined up “B”s of *B*elmont County, all on *B* & O RR and just below above.

There’s Lafferty, Maynard, Barton again, also lined up as it were.

Another “Father Mac”…




(to be continued)

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deeply engrossed or absorbed:
a rapt listener.
transported with emotion; enraptured:
rapt with joy.
showing or proceeding from rapture :
a rapt smile.
carried off spiritually to another place, sphere of existence, etc.

We enter through “apt”, which leads to rapt which implied rapture per above definition. We begin, in others words, in Arkansas, the end (at least before the 3rd US tile, beginning in Maryland). We must show this up front. Then this…


That’s the only rapt/ in the US, population place wise. There’s also only one rapt/ in Winesap, and it is also the only apt/, remembering this.

Apt just below Jonesboro

Rapture IN has a lone variant name of Winfield. It has come up in this list before, along with wick/ and also, perhaps meaningful now as well, Gate City VA.


Here’s the matching Winesap sentence again…

The piece of glass broken out at the corner of the window just nipped off the bare heel of the boy standing motionless and looking with rapt eyes into the face of the Christ.

So I suppose we could actually leave AR alone at the beginning of tile 3 and just introduce “rapt” through not “Apt” (AR) but Rapture as variant name of Winfield in IN. Cool — multiple ways to get to the same idea.


Rapture is an unincorporated community in Posey County, Indiana, United States.[1] Rapture is located on Indiana State Road 68, between Poseyville and New Harmony.

The community was originally called “White’s Settlement”, and is one of the oldest communities in Posey County.[2] It was laid out in 1838 by John Cox, and became known as “Winfield”, and also “Bugtown”.[3] Cox Creek run through the community.[4]

CNN reported in 2011 that just one person lives in Rapture, where they own a home, rental property and airplane hangar.[5] The airplane landing strip is known as “Bugtown Airport”.[6]

Rapture was the setting for Terence Faherty’s 1999 novel The Ordained.[7]

Interesting. So I checked out Faherty’s The Ordained. Here’s a blurb from amazon.com…

In 1844, a religious sect founded a small town and held its breath for the Second Coming, when the faithful would be carried to heaven. One hundred and fifty years later, they’re still waiting. Then three people disappear–and some think the prophecy is finally coming true. Ex-seminarian turned sleuth Owen Keane thinks there’s a more corporeal explanation, something to do with a convicted killer’s parole hearing–because there’s nothing very divine about a cold body in a shallow grave. Martin’s Press.



Itinerant sleuth Owen Keane’s life has taken some abrupt turns in five previous novels (The Lost Keats, Deadstick, etc.), which have chronicled a believable life odyssey and delivered a handful of satisfying mysteries. He’s lost his religious faith, his girl and most of his more loving impulses. Now Owen is in Indiana to testify at the parole hearing for convicted killer Curtis Morell–to make sure the parole doesn’t happen. Owen runs into Morell’s daughter Krystal, the local doctor in Rapture, a town founded by a religious sect which, a century and a half ago, held its breath for a Second Coming. Waiting in vain, most of the faithful remained in Rapture, devoting their lives to making ornately artistic coffins. Now, after an older woman and then a young man vanish, followed by Krystal herself, many see signs of urgent summonses from God. A local woman even claims to see lights in the sky. But the Rapture cops and Steve Fallon, a DEA official, have a more earthly explanation for the lights: drug planes are descending on Rapture. Is there a new kind of ecstasy to be found in this sleepy town? Without credentials, Owen functions on the fringe of the investigation. He talks to the chilling Morell and gets shot down flying shotgun in a small plane. He takes to Krystal and clashes with Fallon. He scoffs at the notion that aliens are flashing lights but accepts the dignity with which the believers once waited for their miracle of deliverance. He’s an odd bird in an equally odd series, one that is consistently low-key, gently thoughtful and enlightening. (Dec.)

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The Owen Keane series:



(to be continued)

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