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Blue Upon Blue: Finding Our Way in a Complex World

Blue Upon Blue: Finding Our Way in a Complex World

The day is brilliant―a wash of purity across the often-muddy sky, an opulent blue so intense it defies the concept of endless space. Surely it is a fascia that cups and covers the earth and floods our dowdy souls with its unnameable azure-cerulean-cobalt. 

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Welcoming Strangers: A Manifestation of Hope

Welcoming Strangers: A Manifestation of Hope

One yes is a thousand renunciations.

It’s been over a decade since I read the book[1] from which I recall this idea: that saying yes to anything, really saying yes, requires saying no to a host of other options and opportunities.

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5 Literary Magazines for 2015

5 Literary Magazines for 2015

If you’ve resolved to read more, be better, or explore something new this year, then you’re in luck. Just like last year, I have another clutch of literary journals to recommend for your reading pleasure (other than Ruminate, of course). If you missed last year’s post, you can check that out here and add those journals to this year’s list.
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A Butterfly: Did You Make a Wish?

A Butterfly: Did You Make a Wish?

Before Mass on the third rose-colored Sunday of Advent, I decided to have a mini heart-to-heart with our laid-back priest who left a computer-programming job at 37 to enter the seminary.

“Father, I have a problem,” I said. “I’m always tired. I feel like I’m not doing enough, but I can’t stop doing. I feel like I’m failing.”

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Her Kind

Her Kind

I harbor a secret addiction to shows like Hoarders. I admit I watch these shows to help me feel better about my own housekeeping, my own neuroses, my own particular brand of weird. It’s not a pretty admission, but it’s true.

While driving recently, I caught part of an NPR show about the life of Anne Sexton, whose poetry has always moved me. When I heard the words of her poem, “Her kind” ringing through the speakers I stopped to listen, taking in the pace of the words and the scheme of the rhyme.

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Here’s to 2015 + Abs of steel

Here’s to 2015 + Abs of steel

Hello Dear Readers,

In 2014, many of you chose to support a little magazine—independent, volunteer-powered, quirky, printed on real paper with real ink, and centered around art and faith.

Let me tell you, this was a gutsy choice.

We’re not a glossy magazine or fancy website promising abs of steel or the perfect home decor or six steps to financial success. Quite the opposite. Our gifted writers and artists are asking questions and discussing poverty, hard truths, messy life, and beauty that is complex and worth fighting for. We’re often whispering in a world that is shouting. Or crying out in a world too silent.

This is why your choice matters so much. You are listening, watching with us. Read More »