Saji Villoth (author)
Not many know of the travels of the historical figure we now call St. Thomas, who is reputedly the founder of the Christian communities in South India, who is believed to have been martyred and buried there. He is known by other names: Yehuda, brother of Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth, Doubting Thomas, Thoma Didymus (The Twin), and several others, of which I prefer the Syriac "Thoma."
My family traces its origins to this historic individual, but very little is known about the person or the journey of this very human brother of "Jesus Christ." My narratives, in Letters to Cephas, imagine what Thoma's perspective may have been, as a human being who lived, walked, talked, and was forever changed by, the Man from Nazareth.
How many of us could bear that burden, let alone carry it well?
"THE PROSE IS VOLUPTUOUS AND IMAGINATIVE, WITH SENTENCES THAT TWIST AND TURN AROUND THE SIGHTS AND SMELLS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD... MAINTAINS A LINE OF ANCIENT MYSTICISM... COMPELLING AND WELL-RESEARCHED..."
On January 28, 2018 Ron Jones was featured on Milwaukee's CBS 58 "Sunday Morning" Spotlight with Mike Strehlow.
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The Mambo Surfers and
for the week of
November 6, 2017
Outside of the Mambo Surfers, Ron has been a luthier for 35 years. For the past 13 years he has been the in-house master luthier at Cream City Music in Milwaukee. Follow the link where he then takes us on a fascinating tour of spotting a guitar forgery.