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March 19, 2018
Trafficking in Fear
I am chatting with a woman in a clothing store as our conversation moves from...
September 22, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Cellar Door”
I love poems that stitch together memories from opposite ends of a lifetime, connecting them...
July 25, 2017
As Petals Fall
“Why are you in the dirt?” he asked, trundling to where I crouched. “I’m pulling...
July 05, 2017
The Mysteries of Revision
When a former MFA professor asked me to come to her class and speak on...
June 22, 2017
This month I thought it would be a good idea to take four hours of...
June 15, 2017
A Prayer for Kendrick Lamar
It occurs to me each time I listen to Kendrick Lamar’s new album, Damn: The award winning...
April 06, 2017
By Jen Pollock Michel. It was the summer of Leiby Kletzy, the eight-year-old Hasidic boy...
March 24, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Love’s Last” by Christian Wiman
The spring equinox was on Monday. I am slowly seeing a flush of new life...
March 02, 2017
I Am an American
I refresh the page, I refresh the page, I turn away for a few minutes,...
February 17, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Afternoon Swim”
The play of grammar has always lured me. I’ve wondered: why do English sentences take...
January 26, 2017
To Run and Not Grow Weary, Part 2
By Jeffrey Overstreet. Maybe it was instinct that sent me back to relive the 1924...
January 13, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Hail, Spirit” by Pattiann Rogers
Recently, I have been reading The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle with my 16-month...
November 30, 2016
The Ghosts of Home
When I visit my family in northern Minnesota, I find myself on the same roads...
October 27, 2016
Interview with a Zombie
Halloween costumes and decorations. If I’m a vampire, Pinterest is my garlic. Not only do...
September 27, 2016
Getting Close to You, God: A Meditation During the Month of
“You are my light and my help / Whom should I fear?” Thus begins Norman...
September 09, 2016
Poetry Friday: “The News”
What do I do with the daily news of disasters? Do I mumble a quick...
July 05, 2016
Adam Zagajewski’s Trench Warfare
“Writing poems is a duel / that no one wins…” As I’m reading the poem...
July 01, 2016
Poetry Friday: “For Whom the Resurrection Is the Full Moon Rising” by Mark Wagenaar
This is a poem to stretch the mind. It begins by stretching our imagination to...
June 13, 2016
Eden at the Indy 500
I managed to live in Indiana for forty years before visiting the Indianapolis 500. A...
June 07, 2016
A Letter To My Sister
Eve, my sister The one who took the fall Eve, my sister Mother of us...
April 21, 2016
Flying into Fear, Part 2
Read Part 1 here. My fear of flying made every flight I took an exhausting...
April 20, 2016
Flying into Fear, Part 1
Years ago, I worked with a woman who sold her car after a spider's nest...
February 24, 2016
Peace, My Animal
"Benedic, anima mea," I say each night to the mouse that lives behind my desk....
December 10, 2015
Waiting for the Blessing
By Lisa Ampleman On Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent, my church blesses expectant...
May 20, 2015
Monasticism in Lockdown America, Part 9: Psalms, In the End
Continued from yesterday. Thinking of the psalms as a way to cycle through the...
May 19, 2015
Monasticism in Lockdown America, Part 8: Psalms, In the Beginning
I always privately hated the psalms. Most of them, anyway. As a teenager, I’d leaf...
January 26, 2015
Is My Truth Your Truth?
I do not know which to prefer, The beauty of inflections Or the beauty of...
November 19, 2014
Trouble Called Again Last Night
Trouble called again last Thursday night. The number illuminated in the landline phone's small window....
September 29, 2013
Wabi-sabi: Living with Beauty and Ugliness
Yesterday, a man might have killed me. Both receptionists were away from the counter when...
July 25, 2013
Belief and Belonging
Last week I went and watched my son graduate from Virginia Boys State. After the...
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