Creativity

Changed by Mystery

One painting grounds my spirit every time I see it. I have bookmarked the image on all my devices. I have written about it, researched it, and given lectures about it, but I have yet to put my finger on…

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Torch

For the first few months after he married our Mother, Step-Father spent most of his time clearing away the forest trees that surrounded our house. “The homestead,” he called it. We’d never called it that before. He cleared the trees,…

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What Falls from the Sky: Interview with Esther Emery

I’ve followed Esther Emery’s work for several years, and appreciated her as both a writer and a friend. She has a habit of challenging me to think outside the box and this book, a memoir of a year in her…

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Coloring My Prayers

When adult coloring books starting hitting the market, I was one of the first to think they were cool. I believed easily that they would help with stress, that a little time with some crayons or colored pencils might calm…

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Black Mirror Shows Us Who We Really Are

For the first time in a long time, I feel like I found a TV show deserving of a new genre description. The show is BBC hit (and recent Netflix transplant) Black Mirror, and I call it exaggerated surreality.    Black…

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The Spiritual Practice of Fiction

When I first picked up Sensible Shoes, on a whim at the library, I had no idea what to expect. It’s a novel, yes, but it’s also a sort of spiritual retreat. This is like no Christian fiction I’d ever…

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Atlanta is Not About You, and That’s Okay

“The dance that you’re doing is dumb… how they do it where you from?” — Missy Elliot, “WTF (Where They From)”     In 2013, Donald Glover left NBC’s beloved cult classic sitcom Community, because after five seasons of playing…

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Two Truths and a Lie

I.   I signed up for Jazzercise classes. I knew I would do it as soon as I spotted the building down the street from where I live. I made fun of it at first to save face, but when…

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The Conflict Within

Captain America: Civil War, and what to do when you stand at the edge of a cliff during a violent storm   The character’s name is Vision. Undoubtedly it suggests a mystical, possibly divine insight into the truest nature of…

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Walking in Thorny Woods

For a few years when I was a kid, Saturday mornings went like this: My parents dropped me off at the corner of Oak Park Avenue and North Boulevard and I walked to a health food store. There I ordered…

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