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Is it true? How we spend our days is how we spend our lives?

Yesterday I posted one of my favorite quips of good advice: “Whatever you do today is what you do.” I can’t remember the source but a reader sent me a similar quote from Annie Dillard: “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend out lives.” 209 more words


The Gift Of A Rainy Afternoon

The sound of the German grandfather’s clock can be heard marking off time throughout our hundred-year-old house. Outside the rain came down heavily from ash-colored clouds. 805 more words

‘Cruelty is a mystery, and the waste of pain.  But if we describe a world to encompass these things, a world that is a long, brute game, then we bump up against another mystery: the inrush of power and light, the canary that sings on the skull. 

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Book Writing Struggles

If you have ever attempted writing a book you will probably know these struggles:

  • Coming up with ONE idea that is simply brilliant. In the middle of the night.
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How to Preach a Bad Sermon

Yesterday, I preached a bad sermon.  I quoted and misquoted Mark Twain, King, and Ghandi without attribution.  I cruelly mocked my child by telling stories of his misdeeds.   618 more words




I saw you this day.
Damselfly or dragon, I could not tell.
You lifted sprightly from ebon thick mud,
I thought, much too early.

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Last Week's Reading: May 7-13

Each Leaf Shines Separate, by Rosanna Warren: This is Rosanna Warren’s first collection, and it’s lovely. Quite a few ekphrastic poems here, and they’re excellent. 227 more words

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