What We Learn

One of my very favorite blogs is IMAGE Journal’s Good Letters blog (which is also housed here at Patheos), and one of my favorite writers for Good Letters is Tony Woodlief, who recently wrote about epiphanies and symbolism and what we believe: If readers can miss Flannery O’Connor’s symbolism, the same could be expected of anything [Read More...]

Friendship, by Guilt or Grace

Some people, I think, are naturally good at having friends and keeping friendships alive even when time, space, and life circumstances change. Others aren’t. And I’m definitely in the second category – I’ve written quite a bit over the past few years about how many friends have dropped by the wayside in my life, either [Read More...]

Image Capture

My friend Tyler has a post over at Image Journal’s Good Letters blog, in which he talks about bringing his camera into Robben Island prison in South Africa. His reflections are wise, and worth reading: And I wonder what is really going on when we point a camera at a home that is not ours, [Read More...]

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...]


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