The Marian Effect


Marian Effect

As I wrote about recently, I had the honor to serve on a panel called “The Marian Effect: Building Strong Women in Writing and Life” at the Trying to say ‘God’ Conference at Notre Dame in June. We now a have Facebook page established by my fellow panelist, Angela Doll Carlson, to try to keep the conversation going. We’re still trying to figure out how best to use it. So far, we’ve been sharing lots of beautiful Marian art, music, and poetry, which should be a good enough reason to come join us. I hope to “see” you in our community!


Karen Ullo is the author of two novels, Jennifer the Damned and Cinder Allia. She is also the managing editor of Dappled Things literary journal and a regular Meatless Friday chef for She lives in Baton Rouge, LA with her husband and two young sons. Find out more at


To Wage a Peaceful War



We all know Shakespeare’s famous line, that the pen is mightier than the sword. But one young Assyrian Christian boy is proving that the chisel holds the same power. According to CNN, seventeen-year-old Nenous Thabit has been meticulously recreating priceless artifacts destroyed by ISIS.

“[C]ontinuing to sculpt is a message that we will not be intimidated by those devils,” he said.

On this weekend when we celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, it seems to me that Nenous Thabit shows us exactly what kind of soldiers belong in His army. We worship a king who conquered death by dying; it is He who gives us the power to wage a war through peace.

Karen Ullo is the author of the vampire saga Jennifer the Damned.  To find out more, go to