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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 […]

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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. […]

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My Favorite Work of Art

In summer 1998, I had the first serious accident of my whole life. I was scraping paint off of some windows at my house, and I slipped and jammed the razor tool into the back of my knuckle. A quick trip to the hospital confirmed that I […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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A Practical Procedure for Writing Groups

 Have you ever been part of a writing group that gave vague, sloppy, useless advice? Or a group that was so negative you felt your motivation deflating like an old balloon? In my classes, I have students meet in groups of three, four, or five to read short […]

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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 […]

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What Should I Read?

A couple weeks ago, I received this note from one of my students: Professor, I mentioned the idea of getting your recommendation for five of your favorite books that I need to read before I die. I know you are most likely slammed with reading and grading so take […]

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Five Facts about C. S. Lewis

I was given ten minutes to name the top five facts that everyone should know about C. S. Lewis. I complied, and my answers were put into a blender with those of Dave Horner and published in this article: http://www.christianpost.com/news/c-s-lewis-top-10-facts-everyone-should-know-about-one-of-the-intellectual-giants-of-the-20th-century-109299/ Here’s their top-ten list of Lewis Facts: 1. Lewis […]

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Reviewer’s Comments on The Hobbit: DoS

“Feels like a chore rather than a source of entertainment and/or enlightenment. “For the love of God, just end it already. “An occasionally exciting yet mostly lumbering sequel that proves you can indeed have too much of a good thing. “It often feels like the movie's title character is marginalized […]

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