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As you can see, I have almost completely given up blogging. The reason is simple: I loved blogging so much that I almost stopped working on my books, because books require long patience, private discipline, and a willingness to operate in great imaginative spaces. Blogging, on the other hand, is immediate, addictive, and intoxicating. It’s a contact sport. The way I practiced it was almost more essay and commentary than traditional blogging, and I think I was very good at it.
I have put the old archives up because they show my thinking at its most unmediated. They also show me responding to events in the world and my life – Katrina, the political events of the last decade, the untimely death of a dog, my writing, and a host of lesser and greater issues. They are a documenting of the times.
Read a few. See how they strike you. Perhaps you will find yourself among those readers who wish I would give up writing books and go back to blogging. Perhaps you will be among those who are relieved that I don’t.
Either way, thanks for engaging in this bit of literary spelunking.
It's very gratifying to hear the responses regarding the dilemma of the teacher with the students who think it's time
I recently received some correspondence from a second year teacher in a well-respected high school in a fairly wealthy, fairly
Something a little self-serving tonight. I'd like to ask your help. The other day I had to meet with a
I recently received a comment on one of my submissions in which the writer spoke about the plight of Leonard
The other day a friend asked me why I seemed more attuned to Native American spirituality than to Christianity. It
Some of my male friends and I have a standing joke. It goes like this: "I was up last night
I have just seen a miracle. Our friend -- the woman I wrote of in an earlier entry, who was
I thought you all might like to see an exchange I just had with a reader regarding Neither Wolf nor
Two stories from the blackout: A store owner in Detroit set up barbecue grills and spent the day grilling all
No anecdotes or homilies tonight. Just some random thoughts. If there is a challenge before us during these times, it
I'm in one of those delightful and all-too-infrequent author moments when I'm inside the work and being carried along by
A while back I received a selection of letters written by high school students as a response to their reading
Last evening we had some friends over -- a couple who teach history at the local university, and a man
I just returned from the local clinic -- some routine bloodwork. As I drove in our driveway I saw my
I'm stunned, humbled, and astonished by the response I've gotten to this new website format. It probably helps that I'm
The other day I received two very different notes from readers. One, a kind and thoughtful touch from a man
I spent Saturday and part of Sunday on a vigil at the bedside of a friend who was severely injured
In the strange, fleeting way that is northern Minnesota, the first hints of fall are already in the air. This
Hello everybody, I've been struggling toward cyber literacy so I can actually keep some measure of communication with you all.
We are in the middle of revamping the web site. As you can see, we've added a weblog to the