Book review: ‘When the English Fall’

Nov 6, 2017 by

Iwill not soon forget an image David Williams creates in the opening chapters of his excellent novel, When the English Fall. The image is searing in its horror and in what it portends. Some kind of solar storm...

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Kennel-Shank: People over profits

Jun 19, 2017 by

The other day I was talking to a colleague who, like me, admires the 20th-century Christian radical Dorothy Day and life in intentional community, but isn’t starry-eyed about either. The conversation found...

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Caring for self is a must

Nov 10, 2015 by

In some circles, the term “self-care” is so overused as to elicit groans. In other places, the most likely response is, “What’s that?” In the hospital where I work as a chaplain, we talk with nurses,...

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Comparing ourselves to whom?

Oct 26, 2015 by

A funny thing happened when I moved to D.C. six years ago. I went from being surrounded by a laid-back crew of seminarians, pastors, poets and radicals to living in one of the most powerful, motivated and...

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Differences we tolerate

Sep 28, 2015 by

Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and State Street attract people from around the world for pleasure shopping. Stores selling designer shoes, trendy clothes, high-end accessories and more line both sides of each...

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Challenges of a new home

May 25, 2015 by

My husband and I recently moved into the home we purchased a few months ago. We can envision living here for decades. Once all of the boxes are unpacked and the furniture put in place, we’ll need some time...

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Our stuff tells our story

Apr 13, 2015 by

Ah, stuff. There’s nothing quite like moving a household to spark thoughts on what it means in our culture and our tradition to have possessions and try to live faithfully with them. Except this time my...

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Simple is peaceful

Apr 13, 2015 by

When would it be right for an enemy nation to murder your family? If never, how can it be right for the U.S. to murder anyone else’s family? I oppose all war, so for me to pay federal income tax to train...

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Choosing smartly

Sep 15, 2014 by

I was a late adopter to having a cellphone. Even my grandfather owned one before I did. It was my last year of college when I figured out that a cellphone plan would be cheaper than calling cards to reach my...

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