Monthly Archives: October 2013

a poem for halloween. 1

“Autumn Evening” by David Lehman (after Holderlin) The yellow pears hang in the lake. Life sinks, grace reigns, sins ripen, and in the north dies an almond tree. A genius took me by the hand and said come with me though the time has not yet come. Therefore, when the gods get lonely, a hero […]

we owe it to each other to tell stories. 0

“Locks” by Neil Gaiman We owe it to each other to tell stories, as people simply, not as father and daughter. I tell it to you for the hundredth time: “There was a little girl, called Goldilocks, for her hair was long and golden, and she was walking in the woods and she saw — […]

monday morning meditation: be still. 0

“Grace” by Wendell Berry for Gurney Norman, quoting him The woods is shining this morning. Red, gold and green, the leaves lie on the ground, or fall, or hang full of light in the air still. Perfect in its rise and in its fall, it takes the place it has been coming to forever. It […]

down in the dirt. 3

When I first learned how to drive, I would fill up my car at the corner gas station. Local men drove their tractors or pickup trucks there and hung out in their worn overalls and John Deere hats, which they would tip at me when I walked by. This is probably why I picture Jesus […]

that time brio magazine helped me win trivial pursuit. 16

In my first year of grad school, I was invited to a party with other library school students. I had never really been to a party party, and I drove there nervously, gripping the steering wheel and worrying about where to park. When I got there, some of my classmates were smoking outside, and in […]

brokenness and strength. 0

My church has been doing a series on kintsukuori, and after stalling a bit I rounded up some thoughts on brokenness. It was hard, you guys. I am not kidding when I say I don’t like to think of myself as broken. It would have been much easier for me to write about all the […]

authority issues. 5

One of the teachers at my school is planning to do “expert projects” this year. The idea behind them is that every kid is an expert at something and that we may not get to see that side of him or her in a normal school day, like a student who loves skateboarding but can […]