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My 14th-Century Life

Reading Motherhood through Sigrid Undset’s Kristin Lavransdatter When I was raising kids, I never had time to read Kristin Lavransdatter, the trilogy by Nobel-Prize-winning novelist Sigrid Undset. More than once I started the saga of Kristin, a medieval Norwegian girl who stubbornly marries for sexual passion rather than accepting her father’s choice of a more […]

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One Day All Your Talents Will Be Gone — And That’s Okay

A meditation on arriving in the second half of life It’s been a busy summer at my house, full of joyful noise and family visits. As a result, my times for writing and contemplative activities have had to shift and respond to people around me as I surrender to the here and now–and to the […]

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Miss Isabella Rainsong and Her Traveling Companion, a Musical with a Mission

Ross Martin looks like an ordinary guy, with his long, clean-shaven face and rimless glasses, but something makes him different from your average suburbanite. When you get to know Ross, it’s easy to see: he has the heart of a vagabond. In fact, in his first “one-guitar show,” Miss Isabella Rainsong and Her Traveling Companion, […]

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Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary Second Edition, Cure for Distracted Writers

Now I’m in business. My husband Joe just pulled out this Webster’s Dictionary Second Edition, the one copyrighted in 1935 and published before the third edition in 1961, for which ten thousand words were excised from the lexicon. It sat on our coffee table for the first ten years of our marriage, a mediator of […]

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Contemplative’s Dilemma: Taking a Good, Hard Look at Back Row America

Chris Arnade worked for twenty years as a trader on Wall Street, then, one day in 2011, he picked up a camera and started walking the streets of what he calls “back row America.” These are the regions of our land of plenty that seem perpetually peopled with drug addicts, prostitutes, and gang crime, along […]

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