NOTE: A few years ago I started writing a new Christmas story each Christmas. The first story was “Jungle Bells” and the next year I wrote “The Nefarious History of a Former Christmas Tree” and if you keep reading now you will hear about “The Christmas Crows.”
“Do you know about the Christmas […]
I like to capture sentences like Nabokov used to capture butterflies. There is a special joy in capturing a sentence floating out loud in the air that has never been written. People say fascinating things all the time, and they go unrecorded and forgotten. Until someone writes them down, or is listening closely enough to […]
If this was an assignment: WRITE A LIST OF YOUR 20 FAVORITE TEACHERS THAT YOU HAVE NEVER PHYSICALLY MET
This would be my answer (today anyway):
Jesus Paul Leonardo da Vinci William Stafford E.B. White C.S. Lewis Benjamin Franklin Neil Gaiman Nicholas Kristof Ira Glass George Saunders Jon Stewart Stephen Colbert Malcolm Gladwell John Green […]
Many times, like Leonardo da Vinci, I write things like “describe the tongue of a woodpecker” into a notebook. This particular command, about finding out more about the tongue of a woodpecker, can be found in Leonardo’s notebooks. I found the following five sentences about Leonardo da Vinci comforting, encouraging, and inspiring. They are all […]
In Frederick Buechner’s book Wishful Thinking: A Seeker’s ABC he defined predestination this way:
Predestination is the theory that since God knows everything else, he must also know whether each one of us is going to end up in heaven or in hell, and therefore the die is cast before we even cast it.
I don’t think joy can prance around with wild abandon without hints of despair hiding in the shadows. It’s another school year, and I can list many things to appreciate. Some are trivial, some profound, some odd, and some obvious. And they all live right next to each other like the sentences on this page. […]
Some things are hard to look at directly. It’s like staring at the sun. Sometimes a mom is like that.
I work at a high school where the primary need, what is missing above all else, are parents. To too many kids their parents are simply not there. This is not a commentary on parenting […]
I am currently reading Wait, What? And Life’s Other Essential Questions by James E. Ryan which is a quick appreciation of 5 questions. The title of the book, and the first question discussed “WAIT, WHAT?” is something I ask all day, every day. It is a request for clarification, an invitation to explain, a purposeful pause, an […]
MAY has a distinct feeling: exhaustion, optimism, defeat, despair, hope, etc. Last year I wrote about what it felt like in a high school around this time of year. (Appreciation #58: Mid-May In A High School) The feelings are similar this time around. I’m encouraged and excited and disgusted and embarrassed.
MORELS appear in the spring. This is […]
In January 1939, E.B. White wrote:
I was sorry to hear the other day that a certain writer, appalled by the cruel events of the world, had pledged himself never to write anything that wasn’t constructive and significant and liberty-loving. I have an idea that this, in it’s own way, is bad news.
All word-mongers, […]
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