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September 28, 2018
Poetry Friday: “Bird on Knee”
Like Emily Dickinson, Bray describes hope as thing with feathers, “an eastern phoebe.” Turning on...
September 26, 2018
The Stars of the Earth Cry Out
Last night, as I walked on the road that leads me home, I saw a...
September 24, 2018
Swallowing My Pride
I lost it at the dentist's office the other day. I was there with my...
September 21, 2018
Poetry Friday: “The Ordinary Time”
According to the Church’s liturgical calendar, this is the twenty-fourth week of Ordinary Time, the...
September 20, 2018
I hobbled into beginner ballet at age thirty-six, late for my first class, whirring between...
September 19, 2018
Leonard Cohen’s Holy and Broken Hallelujah
My first “Hallelujah” was sung by Rufus Wainwright in Shrek. I was a preteen and...
September 17, 2018
Tune in to Great TV Tonight
The Emmys air tonight, and here at “Good Letters” we’re gratified that our bloggers have...
September 12, 2018
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
My annual family Christmas letter swelled from a single paragraph into a sixteen-page spread before...
September 05, 2018
On July 24, an orca calf died off the coast of British Columbia within thirty...
September 04, 2018
At the Table
1. The temptation is there. Every time my daughter rubs her elbow against it, the...
August 31, 2018
Your Face Has Always Been Peppered With Moles
Charleston’s poem is a piece of contrasts: youth and age, sugar and spice, consumption and...
August 27, 2018
Jesus in Disguise
My memory of last summer is filled with Jesus. Jesus in many guises behind the...
August 23, 2018
The Vision Will Not Disappoint
It is a miracle that we do not love; love is the watermark in the...
August 21, 2018
Meditations of a Library Assistant in the BS Aisle
As I shuffle through the stacks pushing my cart of books along, awkwardly favoring one...
August 14, 2018
Marital Anger and Icelandic Rock Spirits
The first time I threw something in a pathetic fit of anger, my husband and...
August 13, 2018
A Conversation with Welcome Wagon’s Vito Aiuto, Part 3
The Welcome Wagon’s Vito and Monique Aiuto released their first album, Welcome to the Welcome...
August 09, 2018
A Conversation with Welcome Wagon’s Vito Aiuto, Part 2
The Welcome Wagon’s Vito and Monique Auito are known for their endearing, lush, and earnest...
August 08, 2018
A Conversation with Welcome Wagon’s Vito Aiuto, Part 1
After years of holding intimate hymn-singing gatherings in their living room, Reverend Vito and Monique...
August 07, 2018
Here Is Where We Wait
This summer, I climbed the rotting steps to the hayloft of my family's barn to...
June 27, 2018
The Summer I Wasn’t Attacked By a Shark
Jaws is released the summer I turn fourteen, and my friends and I spend every...
June 22, 2018
Poetry Friday: “I Loved You Before I Was Born”
In clear, resonate language, Li-Young Lee celebrates longing in his poem “I Loved You Before...
April 13, 2018
Poetry Friday: “The Sea Here, Teaching Me”
Moira Linehan’s powerful poem scarcely needs commentary; “The Sea Here, Teaching Me” becomes the experience...
April 11, 2018
The Problem with Spiritual Fruits
The band quit playing at church because our priest asked them to sing from the...
January 11, 2018
Reynolds Price and Me: The Tale of Two Rhodes Scholars, Part 2
I found myself returning to the work of Reynolds Price in 2011, the year he...
January 10, 2018
Reynolds Price and Me: The Tale of Two Rhodes Scholars, Part 1
Reynolds Price slithered onto the American literary scene in 1962. “Just with his body and...
December 29, 2017
Listening to My Life: 17 Listens for 2017
First, a note: I think this might be the last time I do this. If...
December 21, 2017
My Last Resort
I’m at the beach with my husband, wining and dining on the company dime for...
December 19, 2017
A Theologian Reads Karl Ove Knausgaard
My reading habits, I confess, aren’t literary. I probably lack the training and the gifts...
December 14, 2017
The Sentences of William H. Gass
Last week, one of my favorite authors, William H. Gass, died at ninety-three. He was...
November 30, 2017
The Cost of Writing the Truth
I remember my mother used to go to bed for the day. The blackness of...
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