Month: July 2017

Stepping Back into the World

Gates slam, voices scream, and somewhere someone bangs on a metal bar. She lies on the bed staring up at the ceiling, her fingers opening and closing. Her lips press in a heart-shaped pout, and she jerks at times. It…

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Alyosha: Thoughts on Book VII of The Brothers Karamazov

“He who loves men loves their joy.”   “I do not rebel against my God, I simply do not accept his world.”     This book starts off like a horror film—centered around the drama and intrigue that the Elder…

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Beauty Behind Bars

His name is Ken, and our worlds collide under unusual circumstances. The local nature preserve is hosting a Wildlife Artist Expo, so I drive my oldest daughter, Rainey – who announced at her preschool graduation that she wanted to be…

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We Don’t Do That

We walk in and a woman tells us to pick a color. I’m drawn to the blues. They seem whimsical and youthful and impractical. But it’s getting warmer, and I should stick with what everyone does this time of year:…

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All About that Zossima: Thoughts on Book VI of The Brothers Karamazov

Obedience, fasting, and prayer are laughed at, yet they alone constitute the way to real and true freedom   So, how are we all doing? This is officially the halfway point so please pat yourself on the back! For me, the…

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The People Inside

You can’t take it with you. Purse, wallet, cell phone, car keys—you must stow everything in the coin-operated lockers in the corner of the lobby. Check in with the guard behind the desk, stash your stuff, and wait your turn….

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For the Limits of the Law, Better Call Saul

Three seasons in, most of the cynicism has faded from the response to AMC’s most prestigious and highly-rated television series, Better Call Saul.   As a spinoff of — and prequel to — the immensely popular Breaking Bad, Better Call…

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Systems of Court

Zechariah is arrested for the first time just before he turns seventeen. His mom doesn’t have enough credit to post bail, so she asks my husband and me for help. Because of the nature of our lives running a nonprofit…

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A Response to Pro and Contra: The Brothers Karamazov Book V

A few days ago a neighbor gave my husband and son a brown paper bag full of cherries. She has a cherry tree that sits outside of the small gates surrounding her yard. At the end of the school year,…

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The Choice Between Life and Death

Let’s talk about evil. Sometimes folks accuse people who want to abolish the death penalty of being unrealistic, utopian, or oblivious to the fact that evil is real. What do we do with someone who is a threat to society?…

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