There are many harsh words for children: rebukes, judgments, condemnations, mean whispers, and raw shouts. Then there are life lessons to learn, too. Today’s post links to a post that talks about some of the harsher elements in classic fairytales: harsh words with children as a direct, intentional audience. Continue reading
Monthly Archives: August 2016
I’ve just come home from a much needed vacation and it was great. Sleeping in a hotel last night, however, a compulsion came upon me. I needed to reread a certain set of books to stir my blood. “Stir my blood?!” That is not language I typically use, but maybe novels are precisely the remedy for certain times of unbalanced humors. Stirring blood to re-quicken the rest of me!
If I can have a moment of your time, let’s thing about this: creatures love created things. Maybe that is ingrained and automatic. Maybe it is due, in part, to shadowy affection cast from our love for one another, creatures though we be. In sin, we’ll even love created things in spite toward the Creator! Now the devil even attacks that, presumably to tone down even our materialism lest creatures catch a whiff of actual love or Creator. So, isn’t this ripe stuff for a theology toward fiction?
I was talking with someone the other day who suggested an interesting thought. “The problem with modern art,” he surmised, “is that it lacks story. There isn’t anything for your imagination to work with.” I’d like to skip over art philosophy to consider the imagination. What is its real fodder? How do I understand or approach it? Continue reading
We live in unique times. I don’t always think of it that way, but it occurred to me that, for so long, the same needs simply sought different escapes. Nowadays people can’t even agree on what basic human needs are. As a society, we are actively blurring the few lines that existed throughout time and civilization. But, if you are looking for inspiration, it isn’t far.
Let’s “gladly say it!” Below is the press release of a great-looking book: God’s Own Child, I Gladly Say It! I daresay many of us can already recite parts of the text by heart! I must say it’s an excellent idea from a new-to-me small Lutheran publishing house. Great job, Kloria Publishing!
As a followup to my previous post about Small Publishing Houses, I’ve got a new Publisher Page up and running on my website. It lists Lutheran publishing houses of every size, denominational and independent publishing houses included. For good measure, I threw in Lutheran journals and periodicals at the end.
The time has come upon me. Instead of filling time, I’m getting swept away in the season of pre-filled, stress-inducing over-scheduling. I can’t say it’s altogether a bad thing. We’re prepping for a vacation, returning to some housework, and going back to school. To my horror, the public schools around here will start August 10th! Still, it’s hard to push down regret for all those imagined times to write I missed this summer, so let’s re-imagine, if you will, in an ongoing effort to keep writing in our schedules.