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Living With Horror

I cannot help anyone if I'm in a state of constant outrage. I am not making the world a better place if my heart rate is twenty beats per minute above normal. I am not making my children safer by worrying about them. I am not sharing in the pain of the parents of Newtown any more just because I'm being constantly reminded of it on CNN. I am not participating in the shared sadness of our nation just because I see the same images replayed on the screen all day long. None of these things deepen my experience. Instead, they detract from it. Read more...

Writing Sheds and Why We Love Them

Maybe the topic of writing sheds has always been a popular one, and I just never noticed before. Or maybe it's become a symbol of all that we've lost in our culture, in terms of quiet, solitude, and contemplation. Read More...