"RETCON": NETSUKE SQUID. First section of current short story. Writing is workaday here but the story itself is, I think, pretty swift. Sarah meets her father's girlfriend and tries to figure out what happened to her squid. Here. … [Read more...]

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SO YOU WANT TO SELL YOUR NOVEL. Teresa Nielsen Hayden Explains It All for You. With lots of other stuff, too. … [Read more...]

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You ain't nothin' but a blogwatch; Quit snoopin' round my door...Andrew Sullivan: "And, as I've said many times, homosexuality is very easy to understand. It is exactly the same as heterosexuality, with the gender reversed." Um, only if men are interchangeable with women. So, no.Hit & Run: Hilarity re Bush cabinet of comics creators. Stan Lee for UN Ambassador is a stroke of genius.You should be reading Unqualified Offerings every day.A Jewish and Israeli blog contest. (Via Kesher … [Read more...]

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REPEAT THE SOUNDING JOY: Some really nice responses to my post (immediately below) on traditional prayers.Lots of great stuff from Amy Welborn and her commenters, including points about how ritual connects us to other people.Verbum Ipsum on praying the daily office.Judith Weiss of Kesher Talk: "Ahhhh. This is the Catholic version of the daily Amidah. here here"To me it is an immense relief to not have to make up my own words, to have a checklist prepared for me. Esp since the sages were … [Read more...]

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"OLE GOLLY, OLE GOLLY, OLE GOLLY": So I was re-reading Harriet the Spy, the way one does, and I came to the scene where Harriet awakens from a nightmare screaming the name of her nurse over and over. And yeah, I cried--sue me. (I overidentify with self-centered, half-observant, slightly crazy budding writeresses.) But what I actually want to talk about is not this fantastic children's novel, but traditional prayer.I've run across Protestants who get it fixed in their heads that prayers like … [Read more...]

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"AFTER MAKING LOVE WE HEAR FOOTSTEPS": Neat piece in Touchstone on bioethics and the President's Council thereon. (Here's a piece I did on ditto.) ...Back in Being Human, though, I ran across a provocative poem by Galway Kinnell. Titled "After Making Love We Hear Footsteps," it describes a small boy who sleeps through all nighttime disturbances except his parents' quiet lovemaking, which wakes him and sends him running into their bed to snuggle and sleep. I wanted to affirm the poem's warmth … [Read more...]

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WHAT DO THEY DO WITH THE CHILDREN OF TAX COLLECTORS AND WOMEN CAUGHT IN ADULTERY? Sometimes I wonder why I get up in the morning, you know? (Well, technically, the afternoon.) … [Read more...]

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