Keep the Friends Who Wound You

John Sowers wrote a wise article over at the Storyline Blog about keeping the friends who are willing to wound you: Proverbs 27:6 says, “Wounds from a friend are better than kisses from an enemy.” To hear my writing was like an IKEA product stung a little. But Kari was right. It hurt, but it [Read More...]

Celebrating Life’s Nitty-Gritty

Over at Good Letters, Peggy Rosenthal looks at the poetry of Brazilian poet Adelia Prado: I would like to feel, with Prado, that everything — yes everything — is beautiful, is holy, because it is God’s creation. Oh, I say I believe this, and I do believe it. But do I truly live it? I whine when the weather [Read More...]

Thinking About Anxiety and Depression

Over at QIdeas, this week’s question: “is anxiety and depression our new normal?” Some researchers say that 1 in 4 women are on antidepressants, and there’s a lot of talk about what causes this uptick (or if there even is an uptick) in the occurrence of anxiety and depression. There are four articles and a [Read More...]

On Crises and Middles

Ever feel “fair-to-middling”? In The Curator, L.L. Barkat ruminates on “middles”: Middle places can be unsettling. I wrote a whole novella I now look upon as a “middle” book. I wrote it at the same time I was fiddling with beginnings. And, oddly enough, I started the novella with the words, “The End.” The End is a logical place [Read More...]


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