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June 13, 2018
On Cultivating Friendship
On a festive Sunday evening in what should have been spring (nearly sixty degrees at...
March 20, 2018
Occasions of Grace
My old friend Gina, one of the loveliest ladies I know, lived for years with...
January 23, 2018
The Love Song of Pepper Smith
The day of Pepper Smith’s funeral, it was a stiff fifteen degrees—ironic weather for a...
August 09, 2017
It refused to rain during the hot, middling July weeks the summer I turned fifteen....
January 12, 2017
Making Contact: A Christian-Atheist Friendship, Part 2
An introduction: Decades ago, in the faraway land of Orange County, California, two young women...
January 11, 2017
Making Contact: A Christian-Atheist Friendship, Part 1
An introduction from Tania Runyan: Decades ago, in the faraway land of Orange County, California,...
January 10, 2017
Meeting Islam in Interfaith Friendships
In 1993 my husband George Dardess began visiting our local Islamic Center: first to learn...
January 03, 2017
Transcendence: A Tribute to William Christenberry (1936-2016)
“The art of losing isn’t hard to master,” Elizabeth Bishop said, with irony. Still, it’s...
September 15, 2016
Unfriending, Impractical Jokes, and Other Foibles
If I were to graph my mental health over the past five years, the line...
April 18, 2016
Conference Envy: A Survival Guide
Yesterday I was running around the park in a T-shirt with a birthday party full...
March 16, 2016
What Happened to Fun?
I was so good, and for such a long time, two weeks at least of...
January 06, 2016
Autistic Lives Matter
When I first met Daniel Bowman Jr. at the Festival of Faith and Writing, we...
November 25, 2015
Talk to Me in Letters
Dearest Cal: Please never stop writing me letters—they always manage to make me feel like...
November 13, 2015
Poetry Friday: “Mixed Company” by Brett Foster
Each Friday at Good Letters we feature a poem from the pages of Image, selected and...
October 12, 2015
Lucia Berlin: A Master of Catholic Fiction, Part 1
By Jenny Shank In September, Lucia Berlin’s posthumous collection of selected short stories A Manual for...
October 07, 2015
Life-Saving Moments of Art
In August, the musical duo Alright Alright, composed of husband and wife Seth and China...
September 17, 2015
I Found Him at Subway
By John Bryant I found him at Subway, an old man in a brown jacket,...
September 11, 2015
By Shannon Huffman Polson I’d just put my two young sons to bed when I...
May 29, 2015
By Jessica Mesman Griffith My best friend died suddenly almost two years ago. She’d lived...
April 15, 2015
Writing This Post Was on My Bucket List
I’ve never left North America, seen the Statue of Liberty, or dipped a toe in...
March 17, 2015
Cristin slammed the kitchen door behind her when she came home from work a few...
March 13, 2015
Receiving “What Is”
With gratitude and apologies to Peter Cole I would like to share this poem with...
March 05, 2015
Remembering Phil Levine
By Paul Mariani Note: We asked the author, one of Image’s editorial advisors, to write...
February 23, 2015
The Tenth Leper
Guest post by Kelly Foster If you grow up in the South, you learn to...
November 04, 2014
Lorenzo the Magnificent
He liked to be called El Santo (Spanish for “the Saint”). In almost anyone else...
October 14, 2014
The Iron Cross: An Observation from the Way of Saint James, Part 2
Continued from yesterday. The Way of Saint James—El Camino de Santiago—is a pilgrimage that began...
October 13, 2014
The Iron Cross: An Observation from the Way of Saint James, Part 1
I didn’t know Julia well. The first time I saw her, she was sitting at...
September 05, 2014
An American Girl’s Tale
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August 22, 2014
How to Talk to the Dying
Since being diagnosed nearly seven years ago with a lethal cancer, I have backed my...
May 22, 2014
Light One Candle
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