• america

    lenten journal: politics

    by  • March 18, 2016 • america, lenten journal, poetry • 4 Comments

    here in america we yell at each other as though anger were a pre-existing condition, and diatribe an anagram of democracy; but screaming doesn’t make it so: louder and truer are not synonyms— the same goes for rich and smart. the word becomes flesh the light shines in the darkness and the shouting cannot...

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    lenten journal: fire

    by  • March 12, 2016 • america, lenten journal, peace, poetry • 2 Comments

    Even before I read any of the reports of election-related happenings around the country, I felt depressed, so I am choosing to limit my intake as much as I can. Still, I am troubled. I can remember, after past elections that seemed contentious, but now pale by comparison, hearing people say we were blessed...

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    lenten journal: sentence

    by  • March 7, 2016 • america, community, language, lenten journal, poetry, words • 3 Comments

    I picked up a new traveling companion for this Lenten journey: Wendell Berry’s Standing by Words: Essays. The title essay begins, Two epidemic illnesses of our time—upon both of which virtual industries of cures have been founded—are the disintegration of communities and the disintegration of persons. (14) I added his word to my growing...

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    lenten journal: courage

    by  • March 4, 2016 • america, faith, hope, lenten journal • 7 Comments

    I woke up to a surprise snowfall this morning, and nowhere I had to be immediately, so I sat down for my morning coffee and continuing conversation with Madeleine L’Engle and Marilynne Robinson. Even though their two books were written two decades apart and, as far as I know, independent of one another, I...

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