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September 25, 2018
Sassy wasn’t her real name, and she wasn’t “sassy” at all. But as happens with...
September 06, 2018
The Disastrous Wizard of Oz
My teenage granddaughter Phoebe was visiting us from out of town. On these visits, we...
August 06, 2018
Can a Racist Drive a Prius? Stereotypes and the Single Story
I think it's good for me when my stereotypes of others are challenged. Like this...
July 09, 2018
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Our son Eric was four years old. My husband George, after teaching all day at...
June 26, 2018
The Pope’s Call to Saintliness
Did you know that you're meant to be a saint? So says Pope Francis, in...
May 30, 2018
The Odyssey as Liturgy
I happened to be in the midst of re-reading Homer’s Odyssey when the current issue...
May 14, 2018
Lynching, Racial Terror, and Black Liberation Theology
The Reverend Dr. James H. Cone, known as the originator of black liberation theology, died...
May 09, 2018
Replace STEM with STAR
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math—hyped now as the crucial core of an...
April 10, 2018
Singing Silence in A Far Country Near
“Without the traffic, silence / itself would sound red birdsong…” As I’m reading these lines...
March 21, 2018
Adventures in Praying with Scripture
How did I first hear of lectio divina? It must have been from the monks...
March 06, 2018
As I Lay (Nearly) Dying
At first I didn’t know that I was dying. I’d been rushed to the hospital...
January 15, 2018
Race Relations: A Personal History
It is Martin Luther King Day, and I muse about how my relation to African-Americans...
January 09, 2018
What made me pick up Ralph Ellison’s classic 1952 novel, Invisible Man? Had I ever...
December 15, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Meditation on Soteriology”
Karen An-Hwei Lee lays out her poem “Meditation on Soteriology” so that it looks at...
December 01, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Scale”
As I read and re-read this poem, I enjoy noticing exactly when I’ve realize that...
November 10, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Camp Meeting”
We’re familiar with the genre called “historical fiction.” But in “Camp Meeting: Old Saybrook, Connecticut,...
November 03, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Speculation: Along the Way”
Did you ever try finding words for the experience of prayer? Or for the sense...
November 02, 2017
The Poetry of Richard Wilbur
I don’t remember when I first starting reading Richard Wilbur’s poetry. But his death on...
October 23, 2017
The Best in Bedtime Reading
A therapist I once went to for help with insomnia advised me: “Stop reading a...
October 03, 2017
We’ve all suffered wounds in some way. If not the physical wounds of war or...
September 29, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Underwhelmed”
Put on your hiking books and grab your compass, magnifying glass, and shovel: this poem...
September 15, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Medieval Miniatures: Entry into Jerusalem”
Dan Murphy has written a series of poems inspired by medieval miniatures: those marvelously detailed...
September 13, 2017
There is Only This Present Moment
I’m trying to trust in God. My husband has had chronic fatigue and chest pain...
September 01, 2017
Poetry Friday: “The Psalm of Your Face”
“Lord, let…”: this is how nearly every sentence of Nicholas Samaras’s “The Psalm of Your...
August 25, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Love’s Alchemy”
The first thing I’m drawn in by in Margaret Rabb’s “Love’s Alchemy” is the lusciousness...
August 22, 2017
Susan B. Anthony: Failure is Impossible
Just a few miles from my home in Rochester, NY, is the house where Susan...
August 11, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Psalm as Frustration I Can Live With”
Like the biblical psalms, Nicholas Samaras’s “Psalm as Frustration I Can Live With” speaks for...
July 28, 2017
Poetry Friday: “Graveyard Prayer”
In this poem, Robert Cording places himself in an unusual spot: “at the graveyard where...
July 27, 2017
Still Pilgrim. Just the title of Angela Alaimo O’Donnell’s new poetry collection makes you pause....
July 21, 2017
Poetry Friday: “On Value”
I’m amazed by the flexibility of the sonnet form. When you first read Kelly Cherry’s...
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