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April 10, 2018
Singing Silence in A Far Country Near
“Without the traffic, silence / itself would sound red birdsong…” As I’m reading these lines...
January 09, 2018
What made me pick up Ralph Ellison’s classic 1952 novel, Invisible Man? Had I ever...
December 15, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Meditation on Soteriology”
Karen An-Hwei Lee lays out her poem “Meditation on Soteriology” so that it looks at...
December 01, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Scale”
As I read and re-read this poem, I enjoy noticing exactly when I’ve realize that...
November 10, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Camp Meeting”
We’re familiar with the genre called “historical fiction.” But in “Camp Meeting: Old Saybrook, Connecticut,...
November 03, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Speculation: Along the Way”
Did you ever try finding words for the experience of prayer? Or for the sense...
November 02, 2017
The Poetry of Richard Wilbur
I don’t remember when I first starting reading Richard Wilbur’s poetry. But his death on...
October 03, 2017
We’ve all suffered wounds in some way. If not the physical wounds of war or...
September 13, 2017
There is Only This Present Moment
I’m trying to trust in God. My husband has had chronic fatigue and chest pain...
August 22, 2017
Susan B. Anthony: Failure is Impossible
Just a few miles from my home in Rochester, NY, is the house where Susan...
July 27, 2017
Still Pilgrim. Just the title of Angela Alaimo O’Donnell’s new poetry collection makes you pause....
July 03, 2017
Nonviolence and the Virtue of Hope
It was nonviolence that initially brought me to my spiritual director, Fr. Bill Shannon. I...
June 19, 2017
Love Nailed to the Doorpost
If you want to be submerged in the depths of Jewish spirituality, this is the...
May 24, 2017
Alleluia for the Easter Season
I used to find Easter a letdown. Lent is so full of the self-improvement activities...
May 10, 2017
Quartet for J. Robert Oppenheimer
What would you think of a biography of a famous person written in the form...
April 17, 2017
Praying the Art of Sean Scully: The Match of Prose and Visual Art
When I finished reading Paul Anel’s article on the chapel art of Sean Scully, in...
March 27, 2017
Heisenberg and the A-Bomb: Just Say No
I read through the article breathlessly, astonished at the moral implications of what I was...
February 27, 2017
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
and Our Rumbling Nation
This is an age of the world when nations are trembling and convulsed. A mighty...
February 01, 2017
What is poetry, anyway? I found myself musing about this as I sat with John...
January 17, 2017
Black Lives, Black Art
I happened to be re-reading Uncle Tom’s Cabin when the current issue of Image (#90)...
January 10, 2017
Meeting Islam in Interfaith Friendships
In 1993 my husband George Dardess began visiting our local Islamic Center: first to learn...
December 20, 2016
Kathleen Wakefield’s Invisible Stenographer
You’ve got to meet this character. She’s a stenographer by trade: From the outset she...
November 28, 2016
Saying Yes to the Annunciation
Of all the Gospel episodes, the Annunciation has long been one of the favorites of...
November 03, 2016
Tootling around on Twitter, I’ve come upon a delightful community of poets. Their hashtag is...
October 19, 2016
What are the classics but the noblest recorded thoughts of man? They are the only...
October 14, 2016
Poetry Friday: “Nothing More” by Todd Davis
Whenever I first meet a long skinny poem, I ask myself: Why has the poet...
September 26, 2016
Looking for a Good Laugh
In his collection of delightfully reflective and paradoxical mini-stories, Espejos (Mirrors), Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano...
September 23, 2016
Poetry Friday: “Visitation Rights” by Jeffrey Harrison
I sometimes talk to friends who have died. Especially to friends who acted as spiritual...
September 09, 2016
Poetry Friday: “The News”
What do I do with the daily news of disasters? Do I mumble a quick...
August 30, 2016
In her photo on the jacket flap of Negroland: A Memoir, Margo Jefferson looks to...
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