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Poetry, Pediatrics, and the Present: Sherry Shenoda on #CreativeUncertainty

This guest post by pediatrician and poet (what a combo!) Sherry Shenoda is a continuation of the Creative Uncertainty series. Every other Wednesday, I ask a writer or artist to stop by the blog and share with us about the role uncertainty plays in their creative life. If you’re interested in being a contributor, check…
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All The Places Reading & Writing Can Take You: Traci Rhoades on #CreativeUncertainty

This guest post by my friend and fellow author Traci Rhoades is a continuation of the Creative Uncertainty series. Every other Wednesday, I ask a writer or artist to stop by the blog and share with us about the role uncertainty plays in their creative life. If you’re interested in being a contributor, check out…
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This is Me Speaking Out: Susan Cushman on #CreativeUncertainty

We can’t save lives (medically speaking), we don’t put out burning buildings, we usually aren’t very rich or powerful. So what role do writers play in an era of change and uncertainty? This is the first question my friend and fellow author Susan Cushman tackles in this week’s installment of Creative Uncertainty, a series of…
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Pressing Against the Darkness: Mandy Smith on #CreativeUncertainty

Who are we to keep creativity to ourselves?

The 20 covers of the 20 best books i Read in 2020

My Top 20 Books of 2020

The books I leaned on during this crazy year…

The future of hope in a brave, new-normal world

The future of the workplace. The future of democracy. The future of news. The future of the economy. The future of truth. The headlines that swirl around me toll the ominous futures of an ever-widening quantity of institutions, social norms, and moral principles. Truth be told, I am less concerned about these dimensions of the…
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Freedom from meaningless and other things hoped for

If hope is a spiritual discipline, what is a spiritual discipline? Short answer: a spiritual discipline is a practice or virtue that is intentionally engaged over time to foster spiritual growth and oneness with Christ. Although the concept of spiritual disciplines has a long history, I first encountered it nearly 20 years ago in Richard…
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Hope as a spiritual discipline?

This blog, and all my other writing, has grown quiet since the early days of COVID-19. Back when the narrative of it all seemed easier to trace. As the weeks and months have unwound, words–meaningful ones, at least–have dried up. I haven’t written much because frankly, I haven’t had much to say. And perhaps the…
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July 2020 #RecoveringWritersChallenge

We’re all recovering from something, whether it’s an addiction, trauma, 2020, setbacks in our vocation, or just… life in general. With the coming of a new month, I’m starting an experiment by hosting a month-long daily photo and writing challenge for writers out there who, like me, need to refresh after a very de-centering last…
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33 Simple Truths for a Complicated Time

It’s been, for all of us, an immensely difficult time. The pandemic. The police brutality. The tragedy. And above all that, the fighting, not-listening, the social confusion. And by “difficult,” I mean disorienting, heart-wrenching, soul-crushing, deadening. This last week, for me at least, it got to be a little (ok, a lot) too much. As…
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