“Wonder”: “now the eyes of my eyes are open” (e.e. cummings)

Paige Micheals is a fifth grader at Princeton Intermediate School. Last month, her teacher, Desirae Jensen, read the book “Wonder” aloud to the class….

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“Deep Work,” by Cal Newport, offers remedies for distraction addiction

“A deep life is a good life,” claims Cal Newport in his 2016 book “Deep Work” (Grand Central Publishing, 263 pages). By “a good life” he means…

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Garrison Keillor: “The meaning of poetry is to give courage”

Garrison Keillor performed Friday night at Bethel University as a fundraiser for Juvenile Justice. This organization works in Mexico to help kids who are…

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What are words worth?*

My dad loves to learn new words. He delights in the sound of interesting phrases…

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Taking Books Out of Context Has Never Been so Fun

Normally I would say the best thing to do with a book is to read it. But if…

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Let a Book Be Your Umbrella

It’s raining as I write this. Rain is a good thing. It brings life and growth…

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‘Metaphors be with you’ is a literal treasure chest

Okay, I lied. The book “Metaphors Be With You,” by Dr. Mardy Grothe, is…

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Did the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil make us judgmental?

On the same day the term “expressive individualism” caught my ear, Greg Boyd’s 2004 book Repenting of Religion: Turning from Judgment to the Love…

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Joy to the World! But what about me?

If you’re not feeling the joy of the season, you’re not alone. Many people report feeling more stress and less joy during the holidays than at other…

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What’s in a face?

A friend of mine recently lost some weight. When I told her how great she looked, she said not everyone thinks so. Some people have told her she’s too…

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Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More: Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist. By Karen Swallow Prior

I enjoyed Karen Swallow Prior’s amazingly well-researched and nicely nuanced biography Fierce Convictions. It was fun to learn that Hannah More is considered…

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