Can’t a Dad Hug His Boy?

At Good Letters, after the sad shooting a few weeks ago, Vic Sizemore writes about children and memory: Yesterday evening, Evan, my wife Liz, and I sat at the picnic table in our backyard near the woods. Despite the citronella candle, the mosquitos were thick, but the weather was so perfect we played out there anyway, [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...]

The Missing Ingredient At Work

This feels timely, for a Monday. Over at The High Calling, Leslie Leyland Fields reflects on the ingredient that can make all the difference at work: love. This is our winter work this year, building a house on a wilderness island in Alaska where no one has lived for 30 years. Now there are two. [Read More...]

Generous Love

The final Sunday of Advent is the “love” candle, and that made me think about generosity – a fitting meditation as this week moves forward. Here is where I come back around to Advent. Because, let’s remember: generosity and love are intimately linked. It is impossible to be generous toward someone you do not love—and [Read More...]


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