Here I am again, with my fingers on the keyboard, my eyes on the clock, and nary a thought in my head. At least, no thoughts about what I’d like to write about, but it’s not even that simple. I guess there are plenty of things I’d like to write about, but I don’t seem… Read More A Woman in Fourteenth-Century Norway
I just pulled The Religious Sense out of my basket, even though I want to put back. It intimidates me. The chapter I read two days ago was so profound, I feel like there’s no way to do it justice. So, I want to chatter on and on about something inconsequential or pull out another… Read More Turning the Leaves
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
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
A ringing phone woke me at 8:30. I was dreaming about who-knows-what at the time. The interruption left me too awake to fall back to sleep but too groggy to do much else. Soon enough, my mind was wandering and I suddenly found “Eat the Rich” by Krokus playing in my head. What is wrong… Read More Labeling Laziness
It’s not even 8 a.m. I was awake before six and stayed that way so long, I figured I might as well get out of bed. I’ll have a few hours before the kids get up, and I could spend them here writing. We’ll see. No. I didn’t write then. It’s now about 6 p.m.… Read More A Trinity
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?
My eyes opened of their own volition at 8:30. Since I could find no reason to get out of bed that early, I tried to go back to sleep. Having no luck, I ventured downstairs, and here I am, before 9:00, sitting at the computer with nothing to say. I’ll be back later. Oh,… Read More Learning as I Go