Drawing as a way of seeing

If you’re looking at the sketch, you perceive that I am not an artist. And yet I draw. It’s fun. In fact, the very fact that I’m not good at it,…

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The Problem of Sickness

A three-weeks-long-and-counting bout of diverticulitis has prompted me to pull The Problem of Pain off my shelf. In the preface, C.S. Lewis notes that…

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On Diet and Desire

Last weekend Greg and I visited my sister and her husband and kids. We were taken by surprise: Judy and Paul were not the same people they were when we…

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“Oh who can make a log burn? I’m sure I can’t, can you?”

This morning I took my Bible and coffee down to the woodstove room in order…

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A book that reads you

“Music… will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character…

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The Habit of Not-Quite-Living

A story by Todd Gitlin, retold by James Emery White in The Church in an Age…

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And now to resume daily life

Having returned last night from a five-day trip, having listened to the phone…

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Ebook by Shannon Hale: How to Pray when You Can’t Sit Still

How to Pray When You Can’t Sit Still is a new ebook by Shannon Hale, (available through Amazon.com for $3.99). Shannon writes to those of us who want…

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The begonia that I have that is mine

This is one of my begonias. Of course I admit it is not “mine” in the sense that I did not make it. I well remember sitting in my grandmother’s Sunday…

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Today is Inspiration Day

September 10, 1946, is the day Mother Teresa referred to as her Inspiration Day. While riding a train en route to her annual retreat in the mountains,…

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The Place of Places in our Lives

Do you believe in “thin places”? My friend Suzette used this term as she told me about her retreat on the Isle of Iona, off the coast of Scotland….

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