A Christmas Conspiracy

I am not a conspiracy theorist when it comes to Christmas or Christianity – or pretty much anything for that matter. But you have to wonder this time of year if there is not some cosmic scheme to drown out the story of Jesus’ birth with seasonal accoutrements. You really have to think about what …

Of Hamlet, Hnakra, and Holiness

Of Hamlet, Hnakra, and Holiness By Doug Jackson In Greek mythology, Melpomene, the muse of tragedy, is the daughter of Zeus by Mnemosyne, who personifies memory. The name literally means, “the melodious one.” So tragedy is God-impregnated memory that sings our sorrow. Inexorability separates tragedy from other bad experiences, like stupidity or rotten luck. Oedipus …

My Cat Jeoffry

A guest post by Sam Belmonte One of the reasons I like My Cat Jeoffry (by Christopher Smart) is that it reminds me of my cats, Lucy and Penny. (Sadly, Penny went over the Rainbow Bridge a few years ago.) Here's a picture of Lucy and Penny together by the fireplace: Another reason I like …

How to Invite Your Muses Into Your Writing Life (A Guest Post by Emily Stoddard)

I'm so pleased to introduce you to Emily Stoddard, a kindred spirit and writing professional who I met a couple weeks ago through Jeff Goins' Blog Like a Pro: 7-Day Challenge. Emily and I are blog-swapping, with her post here today, and mine showing up sometime in the not too distant future at her online writing studio, …

Bad Chess and Good Theology: G. K. Chesterton’s “Ballad of the White Horse”

Bad Chess and Good Theology: G. K. Chesterton’s “Ballad of the White Horse” By Doug Jackson “The Ballad of the White Horse,” G. K. Chesterton’s poetic account of the desperate last stand and ultimate victory of King Alfred of Wessex over the vikings, may not qualify as an epic, but it certainly does not qualify …

A Word finds a Way

File this under “you just never know.” Back in October of 2009, when my now nearly-nine-year-old was three, I tweeted this: Over the next few days, I tweeted several other senryu on the subject of prayer, all of them echoing the phrase “How God talks to me” or “How I talk to God.” I skipped …