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As Unknown, Yet Well Known

Feeling needy about whether my blog is any good, I tend to obsess about stats and freak out (in a good way) when I actually get a comment. 610 more words

Spiritual Formation

Reprint of Canberra Times article: "New Stories from Old Images"

Old images, new stories, old stories, new formats…

Newspapers seem to be slowly slipping into the category of paper ephemera and/or historic primary sources. Recently, while reorganising my library, I came across an article I wrote that was published in… 896 more words

Digital Photography

Far From a Maddening Crowd*

This photograph was taken at Los Angeles’ Union Station. It’s a major transportation hub, so thousands of people go through it each day. And most of them are so intent on their own business that they don’t usually pay much attention to anyone else. 1,060 more words

Agatha Christie

The man with no plot: how I watched Lee Child write a Jack Reacher novel by Andy Martin

British novelist Andy Martin spent much of the past year with author Lee Child as he wrote the 20th novel in his Jack Reacher series. Here he describes Child’s bold (and very, very “seat of the pants”) approach to writing. 1,685 more words


"Turkey Feather," new from the novel "Pushing the River"

Madeline thought she was hearing a kerfuffle of footsteps running up and down the stairs as she folded the clothes in the basement laundry room. Weird, she thought. 404 more words


If You Look the Part You'll Get the Job*

The conference name badge and backpack you see in this ‘photo serve a couple of important purposes. The backpack is, of course, handy for carrying notes, a pen, the conference handbook, and the many other little things conference delegates need when they go to different sessions. 1,026 more words

Agatha Christie

Is ‘Creed’ the New ‘Rocky’?

Creed, directed by Ryan Coogler, is the 7th film in the Rocky saga, which over nearly four decades has chronicled the arduous journey of Rocky Balboa, the… 1,090 more words