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July 20, 2017
The Businessman’s Faith
One year ago, I abandoned the nonprofit and academic world to become a freelance copywriter,...
April 18, 2017
Finding My Sister in Young Adult Novels
Lately all I want to read are young adult novels about sisters. Young adult (YA)...
March 28, 2017
Mysteries Sherlock Holmes Can’t Solve
“No, you should definitely major in English,” I told our babysitter, a high-school senior from...
March 20, 2017
By Callie Feyen. Until a few months ago, I thought Aleppo, Syria was one word....
March 06, 2017
An Interview with George Saunders, Part 1
Beloved fiction writer George Saunders has long been known for his daring short stories, collected...
November 09, 2016
An Interview with Newbery Medal-Winning Author Clare Vanderpool, Part 2
Clare Vanderpool, Newbery-Medal winning author of the novels Moon over Manifest (Delacorte, 2010) and Navigating...
September 14, 2016
What My Kid Knew about Kubo
[Spoiler alert: This post is about the end of the movie, Kubo and the Two...
May 24, 2016
Purple Light in Sarajevo
My fellowship liaison, Sevko, drove, and his gaze flicked across teenagers spilling over the sidewalks....
October 13, 2014
The Iron Cross: An Observation from the Way of Saint James, Part 1
I didn’t know Julia well. The first time I saw her, she was sitting at...
August 13, 2013
Sorting Through the Past
I’ve been cleaning out an attic—not my own—along with drawers, closets, shelves, storehouses, and barns...
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....
August 14, 2012
Shaping the Heart
The following post is an edited version of the commencement address given at the graduation...
July 26, 2012
Heading Home on the Back Roads
Today Good Letters welcomes back former blogger Dyana Herron as a regular contributor. Dyana is...
July 19, 2012
A Holy Habitation for Life’s Story
May the Lord bless thee out of Zion; and so shalt thou behold the good...
July 11, 2012
The Bleeding Woman: an Imagining
—This story was inspired by Mark 5:21-43, the gospel reading for Sunday, July 1. Twelve...
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...
May 23, 2012
A Story More Durable Than Flesh and Stone
Yom Rishon (l’Shabbat): the first day toward the coming Shabbat: Sunday on the Gregorian calendar....
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