The Hard, Holy Work of Paying Attention

One of my favorite poets is Luci Shaw, and one of my favorite writers/people (and alumnus of the MFA program I’m currently finishing at Seattle Pacific University) is my friend Allison Backous Troy, who recently wrote about Luci’s work for the Good Letters blog. Luci’s poetry has taught me this: paying attention is hard, holy [Read More...]

Listen to Alexander Graham Bell

Well, this is just flat-out cool: you can now listen to the actual voice of Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone. [Read more...]

Liking Things (Un)Ironically

This semester, I’ve been teaching a class on postmodern theory and culture to my undergraduates, and so we spend a lot of time talking about irony and whether we ought to engage in it quite as much as we do. So it was with interest that I read Russ Ramsey’s piece on “the beautiful flaw in [Read More...]

Friendship Through Art Collecting

My friend Christy Tennant Krispin is one of the most intentional people I know — in the sense that she does many things in her life with a great deal of intentionality and thoughtfulness. One of those things is collecting art. She recently held a show in Seattle, where she now lives with her husband, [Read More...]


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