A Subtle Grace

My friend Callie wrote a marvelous essay on writing (or not writing), reading, and life getting in the way. It made me want to write! My study is a nook on our second floor. My desk faces a window that boasts a view of baby oak trees that were planted about ten years ago. Brick [Read More...]

The Power of Storytelling

There’s a lot of talk in the business world about how important it is to learn to tell good stories when you’re trying to build your brand or business. But as Denis Haack points out over at The High Calling, there’s more to it than that: The nonprofit I direct knows that if our Board [Read More...]

How Do We Overcome the Fear of Death?

At The Curator, Win Bassett thinks about stories about death can help us overcome the fear of death: Embracing our infected existence, even while we teeter on the brink of nonexistence, serves as the sole saving grace to quell these fears. Sadly (or happily, depending on our framing), this acceptance of our curious, awkward and [Read More...]

What It Means to Be Here

My father passed away suddenly, almost seven years ago, not long after his forty-seventh birthday, due to complications from an aggressive form of leukemia. I miss him every day, but one of the things I wish I’d had time to do was hear more of his stories. Though on paper his life looks fairly conventional–grew [Read More...]


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