Almost Advent

It’s Black Friday, but that also means that the new year starts this weekend! No, not by the Gregorian calendar – by the church calendar, which celebrates the four Sundays leading up to Christmas as the season of Advent. The first Sunday of Advent is this Sunday, December 1. And that means the new year [Read More...]

Bless the world that swirls outside these windows

It’s Thanksgiving here in the States today. Here’s a poem to celebrate. Thanksgiving by Linda McCarriston Every year we call it down upon ourselves, the chaos of the day before the occasion, the morning before the meal. Outdoors, the men cut wood, fueling appetite in the gray air, as Nana, Arlene, Mary, Robin—whatever women we [Read More...]

New C.S. Lewis Essay

The fiftieth anniversary of C.S. Lewis’s death was last week, and Cambridge University Press published a new collection of his reviews and criticism to commemorate the occasion, including a new essay called “Image and Imagination” that hasn’t been published before. The Guardian has an excerpt: Does anyone suppose that the imaginative value of such fantasies can be [Read More...]

What Does Capitalism Mean?

I’ve really been enjoying the work of my friends over at In Earnest, a lovely new web magazine about living intentionally. And while economics has never been my favorite subject, I thought this little piece on capitalism by Laura Herrod (a former student of mine!) was excellent: Words like “capitalism” and terms like “the middle class” [Read More...]


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