My Secret Names for G*D

My Secret Names for G*D

There are probably as many ways of prayer as there are people. Most religious traditions offer forms and formalities to be followed, and most have preferred languages and liturgies. But nearly all serious theologies or philosophies admit human words simply cannot...
Damned Spring

Damned Spring

Chinooks, they say, for the last few days are blowing out windows, punching at trees,teasing of spring in the deadlock grim of winter;melting snow: powdering breaths of almost-summer,hale and evocative, driving me mad.In spring I know I’ve spent another...
Hate to judge but love to condemn?

Hate to judge but love to condemn?

Here’s what happens when we get it backward. Years ago, I was listening to a radio report of an impending local election on a special referendum. As I understood it, the city was going to vote on the Wet Bra Issue. Well, I was immediately offended, loudly proclaiming...
How I’m Making My Own Rules

How I’m Making My Own Rules

Nine of them. And you can, too. People often like to say they hate rules: they believe rules are made to be broken; rules are for fools and sheeple and chumps. At their best, such people are wildly creative and productive, bringing fresh thinking to the world. At...
Is Reading Ruining Your Writing?

Is Reading Ruining Your Writing?

A 7-step program for recovering word junkies Writers are almost always devoted readers, and we know that exposure to good writing will help us in our own work. I firmly believe that reading widely and wisely is essential to being a good writer, despite everything else...

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