Monthly Archives: January 2013

What Matters

I was in Ohio last weekend for a family celebration, and spent four days on the farm where my wife grew up.  It is near Dayton, near the Little Miami River, a couple of hundred acres of rolling land, cultivated … Continue reading

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The Writing Life

My primary sabbatical goal was to get a good start on writing a novel.  Actually, I had foolishly hoped to write an entire novel, but that was before I realized what a different beast writing fiction is. Some novelists take … Continue reading

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A Free Faith

Like many, I was impressed by President Obama’s Second Inaugural address.  There is much to commend in it, but perhaps the most surprising and welcome was his linking of Seneca Fall, Selma, and Stonewall.  Our faith has been dedicated to … Continue reading

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Violence and Power

I recently finished The Round House by Louise Erdrich, winner of last year’s National Book Award for fiction, and it is a novel worth reading.  Like most of her work, the novel tells a story about Native Americans living on … Continue reading

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God is Not God’s Name

In last Sunday’s New York Times was an opinion piece titled “The Blessings of Atheism.” We number among ourselves atheists, agnostics, theists, and probably a dozen other variations on the theme. Central to our identity is freedom of belief, and … Continue reading

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