Poetry: Awakenings

Poetry

The sky held a smokelike hue as the simmering substance of fire began to arise, sculpting away vagueness, uncloaking ambiguities, gathering the world to…

A Gentleman in Moscow (Amor Towles, 2016)

Books

Faithfulness in exile - a review of the novel A Gentleman in Moscow The year is 1922. Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov, a 32-year old Russian…

Amazing Grace (Alan Elliot & Sydney Pollack, 2018)

Movies / Music

The power of gospel The gospel music tradition has its roots in the 17th century with Christian hymns and spirituals sung in black churches,…

Between Two Millstones (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, 2018)

Books

Misunderstanding one’s own time During a time of political turmoil in ancient Israel the tribe of Issachar contained “men who had understanding of the…

The Guarded Gate (Daniel Okrent, 2019)

Books

Restricting immigration The effort to limit immigration has a long history in America. Beginning in the late 19th century the reasons given were based…

The Mosquito (Timothy Winegard, 2019)

Books

The perilous pesky bug The mosquito has preyed on the human race from the beginning, and the toll has been immense. “The mosquito has…

Strangers in Their Own Land (Hochschild, 2016)

Books

Listening across the political split A progressive sociologist, concerned about the growing tribal divisions in American society and politics, travels to the Louisiana bayou…

Good Omens (Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett, 2019)

Movies

Responding to satire I came to appreciate Neil Gaiman as a storyteller and fantasy author by reading his 2001 novel American Gods. In it…

Excerpt: The Second Mountain (David Brooks, 2019)

Books / Spirituality

This is a brief excerpt from: The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life by David Brooks (New York, NY: Random House; 2019)…

Once Upon a River (Diane Setterfield, 2018)

Art / Books / Discernment

Seeing into other worlds -- in a novel Friends recommended Once Upon a River to us over dinner, saying it was one of their…