The Meaning is in the Waiting

The Meaning is in the Waiting

by Aaron Brown July 24, 2018 9 Comments

I’ve always thought of waiting as a passive thing. As a sign of inefficiency, uselessness, the lack of any sense of calling or progress....But what if waiting is a space we are led into, difficult as it might be? What if waiting is a lens, through which we actively engage with the world? 

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On Masculinity

On Masculinity

by Aaron Brown February 01, 2018 1 Comment

That is what I’m after—a restorative, not restrictive, maleness. This has been my prayer over the last year—long before the headlines of masculine failure flashed across our screens—a simple and direct prayer: Lord, what is in me that is not of you, rid me of it.

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Writing from the World's Weight

Writing from the World's Weight

by Aaron Brown October 17, 2017 2 Comments

That day we explored this passage in Brothers Karamazov, I saw in my professor a humbling acknowledgment—that there are things which belief fails to fully reconcile. That something like suffering and the weight we feel because of it seem, at times, incompatible with the love and reconciliation we so desperately seek in our horizontal and vertical lives.

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On Mediation

On Mediation

by Aaron Brown June 08, 2017

A few weeks ago, I came out of a classroom building and noticed a bird perched on the hood of my car. It was a small gray bird, with obsidian eyes that contained a simultaneous depth and joie de vivre. Of course, after smiling at it, greeting it with a few words—the bird staring back at me the whole time—my first impulse was to take a picture of it with my phone.

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The Do-Over Year

The Do-Over Year

by Aaron Brown March 09, 2017 2 Comments

Much has been written in the wake of 2016 of our need for empathy in light of the losses and difficulty of last year. It seemed like every time I checked the news someone significant had died, some mass-casualty tragedy had struck, or the endless splintering of our society during the political season was splitting deeper, hurting more. 

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Naked Soul

Naked Soul

by Aaron Brown December 23, 2016 1 Comment

Maybe you’re like me: at the end of a long day of working, of being constantly “on” and exhausted of what little energy you had at the day’s beginning, you find yourself lying in bed or sitting in that lamp lit chair, book in hand, staring at a page. But as you try and read, you can’t help but think back on all the conversations you had...

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Writing in an Age of Doubt

Writing in an Age of Doubt

by Aaron Brown October 20, 2016

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Hunger for the Absolute: Review of Metaphysical Dog, by Frank Bidart

Hunger for the Absolute: Review of Metaphysical Dog, by Frank Bidart

by Aaron Brown August 13, 2015

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