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July 25, 2013
Belief and Belonging
Last week I went and watched my son graduate from Virginia Boys State. After the...
July 08, 2013
Sisyphus with a Lawnmower
I hate mowing the lawn. I hate lawnmowers. Our unkempt yard stands out among our...
June 13, 2013
A few months ago an old friend of mine emailed and asked me to forgive...
May 27, 2013
Watchmen and Dr. Manhattan’s Miracles
I came late to the DC Comic’s collected Watchmen, the groundbreaking graphic novel by Alan...
May 06, 2013
Tuck In Your Artifice, It’s Showing
When someone shared Michael Chabon’s New York Review of Books blog post about the movies...
April 12, 2013
Wild-Eyed Youth Pastor
I recently found an unexpected e-mail in my in-box. It was from Joe, my youth...
March 25, 2013
The New Improved Golden Rule
Our neighbor Jack is a retired widower. He goes to a mainline Baptist church. It’s...
March 11, 2013
The Preacher’s Kid Returns
My sister my brother and I are right now, from three separate states, trying to...
February 15, 2013
A Father-Daughter Story
I sit in the sunroom and look at the strewn possessions of my youngest, my...
January 28, 2013
Remembering the Sabbath
I was recently in an e-mail exchange with someone regarding my refusal to force my...
December 27, 2012
Come Before Winter Part Two
Continued from yesterday. Paul faced the winter of death, and Timothy faces the winter of...
December 25, 2012
Come Before Winter Part One
Every year when I was young, as the vibrant colors of West Virginia’s fall foliage...
December 09, 2012
Science and the Death of Philosophy
My boy is a bit of a science geek. He subscribes to Discover and Popular...
November 14, 2012
On the Marine Corps Birthday: Why Not Turn the Other Cheek?
Most years when the Marine Corps birthday comes around, followed immediately by Veterans Day, I...
October 19, 2012
The Unbearable Badness of Ayn Rand
My good friend Marcelo has decided to read Ayn Rand’s fiction, to “see what all...
October 03, 2012
The Evidence of Things Not Seen
Since I’ve been blogging here at Good Letters I have been contacted by several friends...
September 13, 2012
Monks, Mandalas, and Faith Healing
After the initial cleansing ceremony, they worked in silent concentration. Hour after hour they knelt...
August 28, 2012
The Severe Wind Event
I stood Saturday morning and looked up at the massive oak tree broken about twelve...
August 08, 2012
The Boy Who Lived Large
Friday we took the kids out of school early and hit the road for Aiken,...
July 20, 2012
The Glen Workshop: My New Local Church
I don’t go to church. I haven’t for a number of years. Apparently that doesn’t...
June 28, 2012
Who Needs to Read Anymore?
At the community college where I teach—actually in the state capitol two hours away—a massive...
June 05, 2012
My Kite Boy
I woke at one thirty with a start. My heart pounded in my ears. My...
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