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December 24, 2014
Certain Poor Shepherds
Long ago, when there were only three television stations, you had to wait for what...
December 17, 2014
In Defense of Fruitcake
At some point or another, every Christmas celebrant in America has to draw lines in...
September 25, 2014
Better Red(head) than Dead
One day my mother came home from the interior decorating shop where she worked, very...
August 07, 2014
Aesop’s Fables Are Always in Fashion
Called upon to present a gift to a small boy, I was asked to pick...
November 26, 2013
The Lost Girl Lets Go
There’s something about the midday nature of the appointment that gives it a furtive cast:...
October 17, 2013
Honor Thy Mother
It came to me one quiet afternoon, a couple weeks after we were home from...
September 25, 2013
All I Needed to Know I Learned from the Phonebook
Sing in me, O Muse: That like Navin R. Johnson—the “I was born a poor...
July 12, 2013
The Narratives We Need, Part 2
Continued from yesterday. Recently I sang Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem with the Seattle Symphony. In...
July 11, 2013
The Narratives We Need, Part 1
“Tell me a story,” my son has started to say after reading his bedtime books....
June 11, 2013
The Mystery Inside Me
For the past nine months, I feel like I’ve been at a standstill. A place...
June 06, 2013
How Shall I Answer If God Calls My Name?
Here I am. Out of place. The computer terminal asks for my borrower's card ID....
May 22, 2013
Before the Fall of Baseball
As a child, school did not rank high on my priority list, which meant my...
May 13, 2013
Two Tribes: Good Wishes and Good Works
One summer my family got evicted from the house we were renting in Florida. The...
April 30, 2013
Of Parsonages and Pirates
For Cathy Warner, Literary Editor of IMAGE Journal’s “Good Letters” Blog But Jesus called the...
March 13, 2013
For Peter and Jackie Cooley, who live in one. “So what do you know about...
March 11, 2013
The Preacher’s Kid Returns
My sister my brother and I are right now, from three separate states, trying to...
February 26, 2013
We Are All Immigrants
Several years ago I had the humbling honor of sharing my journey as a convert...
September 23, 2012
A Story About Beauty
I have my father’s hands I have my mother’s tongue I look for redemption in...
September 14, 2012
The Armchair Astronaut Packs for Mars
This post is adapted from my manuscript, The Stained-Glass Kaleidoscope: Essays at Play in the...
August 31, 2012
The Garden of Memory
My brother and I walked down an old road the other day. Our parents were...
August 23, 2012
The Rock-afire Explosion and Pizza Parlor Tricks
Pay no attention to the man—or rather, the band—behind the curtain. Like Dorothy and her...
August 07, 2012
The Summer I Wasn’t Attacked by a Shark
Guest Post By Cathy Warner Jaws is released the summer I turn fourteen, and my...
July 23, 2012
Depression, Gift, and Legacy
For Johnny, of course My mother has been dead a year now, and it has...
July 05, 2012
Moonrise Kingdom and the Divine Symphony
"It's the rhythm in rock music that summons the demons," said the church community of...
June 29, 2012
Baseball and the Law of God
Last Friday night, a freak microburst descended on our neighborhood with eighty mile an hour...
May 31, 2012
Prayer in Five Parts
“Prayer…is always available to us.” –St. Seraphim of Sarov I I sit atop my red...
May 24, 2012
My Rainbow Connection, Disconnected
It was a Saturday night and my wife, Becki, wanted to stream the documentary, Being...
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