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 or terms and has fun using them. If you ask him how it’s going, he’ll…

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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 you find yourself with friends and relatives holed up in a cabin on a rainy…

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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…

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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…

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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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