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The Power to Heal
Originally Posted: 06/11/2014 - 8:36am | Type: Magazine Article

Rebecca Kraybill A conversation with writer and performer Daniel Beaty. “I AM A storyteller,” says Daniel Bea ...

A Resurgence of the Real?
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 9:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum The e-book, the next big thing that was supposed to kill off the local bookstore, may have peaked. ...

New & Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 9:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Spiritual Life by Nancy Koester / Blood Brother by Steve Hoover / The Nonviolent Life by John Dear ...

The Beautiful Stupidity of Writing (Part 1)
Originally Posted: 11/29/2012 - 12:43pm | Type: Blog

I’ve been asked how I knew I was called to be a writer. For me, calling is fairly easy to recognize. If the thought of doing something fills you with equal parts joy and terror, it’s probably a calling. ...

A Memoir in Six Words: What Would Yours Say?
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

In teaching my students the concept of a thesis the other day -- trying to convey that a thesis not just a sentence but rather an overarching statement of what the whole paper will be about -- it occu ...

Austin's Autumn (Nonfiction) List: Pete Rollins, 'Insurrection' and desire
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Yesterday I wrote about the novels I'm eager to read this fall. Yesterday I wrote about the novels I'm eager to read this fall . And while, yes, autumn is ...

Austin's Autumn Reading List: What's on Yours?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

For some reason, I associate autumn with good novels. For some reason, I associate autumn with good novels. This makes very little sense, I realize, as it's just as ...

Theology That Matters
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

When I was in high school as part of my participation in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, I had to write what was called an "extended essay" -- basically an essay of the (then) extreme ...

The Spiritual Power of Imagination
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Being blind in one eye has made me forever see in just two. While playing basketball, tennis, and hiking, I have always tried to imagine what it must be like to see in 3-D.</p> ...

Remember the DREAMers, Remember Their Dreams
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;"><em>[</em><strong><em>Editor's note</em></strong><em>: The Senate will be voting on the <a href="https://secu ...

The Real Housewives of Proverbs 31
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<span style="font-weight: normal; font-size: 13px;">As a working mother who lives in the Washington-metro area, I admit that I was dreading Bravo's new program <em>The Real Housewive ...

Wendell Berry Protests Coal's Influence in Kentucky
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Renowned Kentucky farmer, poet, essayist, and environmental writer <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj0407&amp;article=040710x&amp;cookies_enabled=f ...

West Virginia Mine Disaster: Mourning in the Mountains
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

There was a lovely reflection in today's <em>NYT</em> by novelist Denise Giardina about the Upper Big Branch mine explosion in West Virginia. There was a lovely ...

Tales of Two Capitalisms: Ayn Rand vs. Horatio Alger
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> Most of my recent posts pointing out how greed ...

Tim Burton and Belief
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

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Uwem Akpan's Double Calling as Priest and Writer
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

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