Of Polar Bears, Subtle Blades, and Bared Souls

February 14th, 2016

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman My rating: 5 of 5 stars I read this series (or novel in 3 parts) for the first time when I was 30. Six years later, it is just as atom-splittingly astounding. I don’t know how anyone under the age of 25 can read this series and not become […]

On Dropping the ‘Mrs’ From Gaskell

April 19th, 2014

Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell My rating: 3 of 5 stars I’ve been meaning to get to ‘Mary Barton’ for some time, mainly, because when Charlotte Bronte read it, she made changes to ‘Shirley’, which she was in the midst of writing, so that it did not cover too much of the same territory. I […]

Easter Haiku

March 31st, 2013

That rolled-away stone and empty grave just remind her, He’s still leaving.

Palm Sunday Haiku

March 24th, 2013

Take off your cloak and lay it in the road and hope he hears your welcome


February 14th, 2013

Without our touching there is no God. Without our relation there is no God. Without our crying, our raging, our yearning, there is no God. For in the beginning is the relation, and in the relation is the power that creates the world through us, and with us, and by us, you and I, you […]

Pop Culture & The Kingdom of God

July 22nd, 2012

I never dreamed I would end my two years as an Assistant Instructor at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, and my four preceding years as a student, by co-teaching a new course I co-created on a topic I love, with twenty-plus amazing graduate students. But I did. A few weeks ago we celebrated […]

Turning the Corner

July 12th, 2012

Maryann just sent me a preview of a series of photos she took of The Cottage, the cozy basement bedroom I’ve lived in the past four years in the house I’ve lived in for the past six. A few of us were milling about my place after seeing a movie, and I hardly noticed at […]

‘Run to the Woods’: Songs for an Appalachian Dystopian Narrative

April 23rd, 2012

I tend to only use Pandora in situations where I can’t use iTunes, which then means I just try to recreate my finely honed playlists designed mostly for reading. So of course for re-reading The Hunger Games, I needed to create a portable station with which to read along. When I started plugging tracks from […]

Because the Odds are Not in Their Favor (Potential Hunger Games Spoilers Within)

April 19th, 2012

I’ve avoided writing about The Hunger Games on my blog because I’ve assigned the text for a class I’m teaching this summer, and didn’t want all my salient lecture points (or student paper topics) just sitting here willy nilly on my blog, but I’m breaking my rule because of an outstanding intertextual experience I had, […]

What Happened To Me Tuesday

March 24th, 2012

This What can I say? I am astounded, dumbfounded, profoundly humbled, and indescribably grateful. And a little bit closer to leaving Seattle. [no comment]