My friend Jessica once mentioned that God deals with individuals, but the devil doesn’t. Satan is content with anyone he can get claws into. It doesn’t matter who the person is, what he or she looks like, and names are unimportant. The devil is concerned with numbers. He wants quantity over quality; social justice over… Read More Who We Are
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
The first issue in my (re)subscription to Image Journal arrived today. As promised, it has something about Flannery O’Connor’s college journal in it. I haven’t come across it. I just took the magazine out of its plastic wrapper and am paging through from back to front. Don’t ask me why. Sometimes I start at the… Read More Driven to Abstraction
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
Yesterday, at teatime (which occurred around 7 pm, I believe), I pulled The Religious Sense by Luigi Giussani out of my basket, but I made it through only a paragraph or two, because things in my mind and in my house were just too unfocused. So, this morning, since I was alone with my coffee… Read More Passion to Pursue
It’s a wet day. It was a wet night. As I sat up in bed after midnight, the wind and water outside would whip themselves into such a fury that I’d have to leave Alessandro in A Soldier of the Great War and just listen. Things have abated a little this morning. Outside, the front lawn… Read More The Persistence of Labels
•••Each day is new, with no mistakes in it. Take a picture.••• Well, yesterday was filled with too much information. I’ve not even come close to dealing with it, but I’ll see what I can accomplish today. “The problem with photography as an art form is that it can be very hard to be ambiguous.”… Read More What Do You Think You Know?