Artifice

4 years ago with 7 comments
The…paradox of building organic community is that ‘organic’ doesn’t happen spontaneously. Organic farming takes years of intentional soil preparation, careful observation of nutrient levels, and patiently disciplined nurture of each particular field. That’s from The Intentional Christian Community Handbook (which I am reading because of reasons), but it applies ...

What Makes the Heart Burn

6 years ago with 12 comments
I just finished reading Pope Francis’ big interview. I’m not planning to comment on the Pope’s liberalism or conservativism or whatever. He’s profoundly orthodox and profoundly human, and I’m very glad for both. Since most people are not going to have time to read the whole thing, here is my collection of favorite excerpts. I tried to stay away from the bits that ...

Interlude: Kung Fu

7 years ago with 14 comments
In transit again, this time outside Kung Fu. I like sitting in my car and typing away. Maybe this could be a start of one of those famous Neurotic Writers’ Habits, like how Graham Greene would sit watching license plates until he saw the right number combination, and then he could write. Maybe eventually I won’t be able to write except in my car. Then again, who wants to be Graham ...

What Did You Expect?

8 years ago with 39 comments
One of the dangers of a life like mine — being single, living alone, working a job that mainly involves staring at glowing rectangles all day — is that your faults tend to get hidden from you. When I was a teacher, It was impossible to avoid my faults: how little it takes to make me lose patience, how I have it in me to be casually cruel even to a sixth-grader if I’m short ...