Introducing: The Swan Children

I have been waiting impatiently for this day to come, and now it’s here and I can finally tell you what I’ve been working on for the past two months. Introducing! The Swan Children: Art Without Apologies.  The Swan Children is a bimonthly online art gallery and magazine founded to curate and showcase the creative work produced by … Continue reading Introducing: The Swan Children

Ash Wednesday from a bad Anglican

I overslept this morning. I'd set an alarm for 5:15 am so I could make the 7am Ash Wednesday service at my church in the city. But I woke up at my usual time instead. Sometimes waking up is the hardest thing for me, especially when my day-to-day life is in upheaval and so much … Continue reading Ash Wednesday from a bad Anglican

Penitential Advent

We returned to our places, these Kingdoms, But no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation, With an alien people clutching their gods. I should be glad of another death. - T.S. Eliot, "Journey of the Magi" photo by Sweet Bee Photography Last year, I started writing this post. But life swallowed me up … Continue reading Penitential Advent

Commonplace Links 11/9

I feel like I should have posted more this week. I know I wanted to write another Immodesty Rail post, and I wanted to tell you about the author readings and book signings I've been to this last month (Lorin Stein, Mary Oliver, Billy Collins). But it's been an exhausting week, and some people took … Continue reading Commonplace Links 11/9

Communion and Eating

Previous posts in this series: Loving Your Food, Eating in Community, and Jesus Ate. For the benefit of my readers: I write this for Christians, with the understanding that communion is a sacrament and an essential, regular part of a healthy practice of faith and a healthy church. For my own part, I am of the … Continue reading Communion and Eating

Eucharist Roundup

This week has been for me a meditation on the Eucharist, thanks to some beautiful writings on it. Here are the highlights: From "Small, Good Things" by Casey N. Cep at The Paris Review: One way of understanding the sacraments, perhaps best articulated by liturgist Gordon Lathrop, is that simple things become central things. When Christians … Continue reading Eucharist Roundup

Monday morning

I’m pushing through today on ibuprofen and weak coffee Trying not to register spring’s appearance this morning for fear of feeling the life-beat vibrating outdoors. The sunlight shifted yesterday, and the sky removed her dressing gown If I ignore it, it never happened. I didn’t notice the smallness of your kiss, the withdrawing of your … Continue reading Monday morning