The Principle of Human Existence? It’s a GIFT.

“Gift is the principle on which the CREATOR has based human existence; it is the most pervasive, even if little noticed, reality of our lives. We have life itself by others’ gift of procreation, pregnancy, and childbirth. We are sustained in life by the good things of nature and by the labor, generosity, and society …

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F770 Discovers Bandersnatch

File 770 is the one essential website for science fiction fans; Mike Glyer is one of the finest writers I have ever known. I am honored to see this coverage of BANDERSNATCH. Take a look: Diana Glyer’s New Inklings Book Posted on September 5, 2015 Bandersnatch: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of …

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Themes of Pilgrimage

My friend Laura K. Simmons is on pilgrimage, walking the Camino deSantiago.  She shares these thoughts for daily pilgrimage, adapted from  A Village to Village Guide to Hiking the Camino de Santiago by Dintaman & Landis. Pilgrimage themes according to Dintaman & Landis: “Pilgrimage moves. Pilgrims are not static, but active and dynamic. The pilgrim journey by definition …

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Joseph Loconte: YOU GOOFED

Dr. Joseph Loconte, Professor of History at Kings College in New York, gave a masterful talk at the 2014 Oxbridge Conference. He scampered through dozens of references to the heroic ideal expressed in the works of Lewis and Tolkien. You can purchase as copy of his talk here: http://www.cslewis.org/product/plenary-joseph-loconte-reclaiming-virtue-ashes-great-war/ It’s an impressive lecture. But he …

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What I Wish I Had Known Before I Became a Writer

The Steve Laube Agency just ran a blog post asking, “What is one thing you wish you had known before you became a writer?” Here is their blog post: http://www.stevelaube.com/one-thing-wish-known/ Here is my answer: When I finished the manuscript for  The Company They Keep, I  drove to Staples, packaged up the thick wad of printed pages, and …

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