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February 12, 2015
All I saw of the deer at first was the eye: domed, amber and pellucid,...
January 29, 2015
The Sublime and Beautiful
From antiquity to the Enlightenment, one of the great aesthetic dichotomies involved the sublime and...
July 17, 2014
Ovarian Cancer and a Circumcised Heart
Circumcise therefore the thickness about your hearts. —Deuteronomy 10:16 Her dying and death circumcised...
July 08, 2014
Quitting the Cancer Battle
I am not a hero. After my last post, some readers wanted to know how...
May 29, 2014
At a Loss for Words
I’m told there are words in Romanian (“dor”) and in Portuguese (“saudade”)—those two outposts in...
December 13, 2013
An Almost Human Happiness
A typical plot complication on reality shows involves the unexpected twist, a challenge that the...
October 21, 2013
The Long Wait
My mother’s quavering voicemail was right: I hadn’t called in a long time. I justified...
October 08, 2013
When a Friend Dies
I received this group email not long ago: Our beloved Beth has passed away. We...
September 18, 2013
The Choir: Children of Krakatoa
On August 26, 1883, the people of Perth, Western Australia, paused to register what historians...
July 23, 2013
The Impossible Shows Us How To Live
If you were to live a day as though you’d be dead at the end...
June 03, 2013
Spared not Blessed
In the West we have forgotten how the world devours children because mostly when our...
May 31, 2013
Lamenting an Imperfect Friendship
Walking on the sidewalk of Spokane, I read an email that made me stop still....
May 23, 2013
Why We Can’t Look Away
The morning I learned about the women in Cleveland, I knew from a single headline...
May 15, 2013
A Corporal Work of Mercy
I was nearly two weeks late, so I already knew the answer, but I took...
May 14, 2013
Deliver Us from Evil
Guest Post By Nancy Nordenson The day after the massacre at Sandy Hook elementary school...
March 28, 2013
We Are Not Forsaken
My daughter’s teeth were clenched from the brain tumor and so I would hold her...
March 27, 2013
How to Visit a Grave
Guest Post By Shannon Huffman Polson 1. Drive down unmarked road in rental car to...
March 26, 2013
A Story About the Horrible Glorious Truth
I want to write a beautiful story. I want my reader to cry when the...
February 22, 2013
Haunted by Phantom Limbs
One such patient, under my care, describes how he must “wake up” his phantom in...
January 06, 2013
The Anniversary of My Father’s Death
“After the first exile, there is no other.” —Rosellen Brown, The Autobiography of My Mother,...
December 11, 2012
Alone at Christmas
By Shannon Huffman Polson I went alone that Christmas to a place far away from...
December 10, 2012
Seasons of the Soul
Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning since August I’ve walked a long wooded path to...
November 15, 2012
My Grandmother and the Hurricane, Both Gone Now
To live in the mercy of God. Awe, not comfort…. And awe suddenly passing beyond...
October 29, 2012
Sleeping in Slave Quarters at Sweet Briar College
From my office window I can see the pale yellow plantation house, its sharply pitched...
August 16, 2012
To David T., David R., Anna, Tyler, Jamie, Jenny, Jake, Jillian, and the rest Over...
August 10, 2012
The Final Chapter in a Promising Young Life
I was driving when it occurred to me that it has been twenty years since...
July 26, 2012
Heading Home on the Back Roads
Today Good Letters welcomes back former blogger Dyana Herron as a regular contributor. Dyana is...
June 15, 2012
In Another Lifetime
Early one recent morning, I’m still half-asleep. The cat lies curled up between Craig and...
June 13, 2012
What I’ve Been Given
Six dogs: Snoopy, Prince, Woody, Ramona, Leon, Bubby. All but Bubby now nothing more than...
May 30, 2012
In the Religion of Love
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