Lisa Delay

Poetry, Suffering, and (maybe) Surprise Endings

When Kelly told us we could invite a guest writer for the July Muse, I thought of my friend Lisa Colón Delay. Writer, artist, and teacher; impromptu humorist, spiritual formation provocateur, and mother of a special needs child, Lisa blogs about inspiration and imagination at her website, Spark My Muse, where she also features podcast…

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Touching Eternity

By Andrew Lazo In thinking about the past as a topic for some musing, I keep coming back to C. S. Lewis’s reminder from The Screwtape Letters that “the Present is the point at which time touches eternity.” The enemy would vastly prefer me wastefully to lavish my moments and energy on exactly those two things…

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Is That Your Body Blocking the Light?

Is That Your Body Blocking the Light? By Bethany Rohde Across this lawn, blacktop of shadow cast between us. Darkness you did not intend. How can you, Oak Tree of seventy, be obscurity and beacon, both? Through leaves, I hear whispers growing fainter, Sh- sh- sh, until we share each other’s air again. ******* A…

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All9 Lessons from 2014

One of the things I tell my students is that one can always grow as a writer – indeed, that good writers are always learning and improving – and I try to follow my own advice! In that spirit, here are some of the things I’ve learned (or been reminded of) in the past year:…

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Finding my Way

Finding my Way I got lost the other day. It was my own fault. I wasn’t paying attention to the directions. I went on for hours, not realizing at first the mess I’d got myself into. Only gradually I came aware that I’d turned the wrong way, and was on a high and rugged ridge,…

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Can You be Serious for a Moment, Dr. Jackson?

By Doug Jackson It’s been a funny year. It’s a funny thing about the word funny. It can convey approval or suspicion, can mean “humorous,” or “off.” It’s been a funny year. An academic year, I mean. Unlike other people, teachers tend to pause at the end of May (not December) to look back nine…

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School’s out, now what?

June is a bit like December: a time for endings, for celebration, for looking back, and for looking ahead. Those of us whose lives center around educational institutions – students, teachers, school administrators, parents of students – live out two years at once. It’s a rather strange overlapping timeline, which I never much thought about…

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Answering the Stars

It is my great pleasure to welcome Karise Gililland as a special All Nine guest blogger. Karise describes herself as a Texas mama, teacher, writer, and occasional cat wrangler/hamster hunter. She is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Apologetics at Houston Baptist University. Grateful thanks to Dr. Holly Ordway for introducing us. ***** Answering the Stars By…

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Communing with Jane Kenyon

Not Writing by Jane Kenyon A wasp rises to its papery nest under the eaves where it daubs at the gray shape, but seems unable to enter its own house. Communing with Jane Kenyon I’ve done a lot of not writing this month, I’m disappointed to say. April was reasonably productive – the NaPoWriMo muse…