Yesterday, I wrote about how I’m finding it harder to combine words and images. I just thought of another reason for rejecting the practice: it gives short shrift to one or the other. ••• My longest-running blog is named “Poetic Anatomy: Finding Balance.” The name amuses me, because the quest continues. I’ve never gotten hold… Read More Destroying Tradition is Not the Answer
Bridget asked me to edit an essay, and a line or two in it reminded me of “God’s Grandeur” by Gerard Manley Hopkins. Rather than pulling the book off the shelf or looking up the words online, I turned to Youtube to re-watch the video of poet Stanley Kunitz reading Hopkins’s beautiful words. Kunitz explains… Read More Even the Small Stuff is Important
I read another chapter of The Religious Sense this morning, and one of the notions Giussani sets forth in it was illustrated in my life as I was reading. Giussani was talking about the importance of tradition, but he explained that we cannot start in the past and look to the present or future. We… Read More Trying Not to Get Tangled in the Threads
My copy of A Soldier of the Great War has 31 pink and blue Post-it Notes sticking out of its pages. Each one marks a passage I want to come back to and contemplate, share, or copy down for future reference. I can’t think of any other work of fiction that has had me pausing… Read More The Absurdity of Killing Humans
Hearing Dennis downstairs running beans through the coffee grinder woke me up enough to actually get out of bed. I had opened my eyes a few times before that, but they quickly closed again each time. I feel like it’s time to pay the piper. I’ve mentioned my Daily Reading Journals and have linked to… Read More How Far Will I Go?