OLD BOOKS, Part III: Standing by Words, by Wendell Berry

In this series on Old Books, I’m choosing books with these questions in mind: What questions do they answer? What problems do they correctly diagnose? What wisdom do they provide that is lacking in today’s discourse? What metaphysics do they propose or expose? Every book I’m examining may not necessarily answer each of those questions,… Continue reading OLD BOOKS, Part III: Standing by Words, by Wendell Berry

Something Wildly More

One of my favorite writers, Marilynne Robinson, once said in an interview with Bill Moyers that human beings “exist wildly in excess of any sort of survival mode that could be posited for them.” She said that if you use animal behavior as a model or correlation to human behavior, “you’ve simply excluded everything that… Continue reading Something Wildly More

Poem-A-Day Challenge

I’ve taken on Robert Lee Brewer’s Poem-A-Day Challenge this month (http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/poetic-asides).  It’s a fantastic way to crank out the words and get new ideas flowing.  Some poems will probably be duds, but the fun is finding the firecrackers along the way!  Feel free to join in!  Check out Writer’s Digest’s Poetic Asides blog daily in… Continue reading Poem-A-Day Challenge