Staff Work of the Omnipotence

Staff Work of the Omnipotence

I gave into a cold last weekend. It had been pursuing me for days, ever since we got home from the yearly gathering of our tribe in Nashville, but it finally caught up with me. This meant, among other things, that we did not go to the boat for the weekend, and we did...

New Books Today! (And a Very Silly Story…)

New Books Today! (And a Very Silly Story…)

Greetings, friends! I so appreciated the enthusiastic response to my "Proper Introductions" post on Gladys Taber last week! It was heart-warming to hear how many of you share an affection for her writings. She is such a gentling influence; decades after her death, her...

Nulla dies sine linea*

Nulla dies sine linea*

I’ve shared it in this space before, but one of my very favorite Elizabeth Goudge passages comes from the 1936 A City of Bells. The dreamy child Henrietta has just returned from an exciting stint in Edwardian London, and, upon her homecoming, experiences a sort-of...

Surprised by Joy

Surprised by Joy

I had the privilege of presenting last weekend at the From Death Unto Life conference in Franklin, Tennessee, and one of my sessions was a short plenary on William Wordsworth's immortal sonnet, "Surprised by Joy" (the poem from which C.S. Lewis took the title of his...

March 14

March 14

I remember the way you talked about your daddy, How your eyes would dim when you said he was only 81. “He’d have lived to 100, if he hadn’t smoked.” I understand, now. I know the waking panic of 3 AM; The nauseating sense that a great mistake has been made— A wrong...

Ladies' Choice

Ladies' Choice

Looking back, I’ve always called it the Annus Mirabilis: my own little wonderful year. Its wonders consisted not in calamity (thank goodness!), nor were they even of a particularly earth-shattering nature. But it was a (mostly) happy year for me, dawning in the sudden...

Some recipes and a winner!

Some recipes and a winner!

It is my pleasure to announce the winner of the drawing for a copy of Sally and Sarah Clarkson’s new book The Lifegiving Home: Linda, who describes home as a shelter of "grace-oriented" relationship (what a beautiful image!). Linda, if you will send me your mailing...

The Pleasures of Tea

The Pleasures of Tea

photo credit: Mark Geil I confess, I find it difficult to comprehend the mindset which relegates the consumption of hot tea to cold weather. Call it an addiction, but I down my daily quota year-round, whether, like today, I’m cozy by the fire with flurries flying...

The Lifegiving Home: a review

The Lifegiving Home: a review

The rain was coursing in rivulets down the windows of my den, pounding on the roof with a rhythm that only emphasized the coziness within. Sarah Clarkson and I were on our second pot of Yorkshire Gold, accompanied by the boon companions of candlelight and good books....

Songless

Songless

This essay was originally published on The Rabbit Room last summer, and is adapted from my plenary session, “Notebooks and Number 2 Pencils,” at the From Death Unto Life conference in Franklin, Tennessee last March. I know what it means to soar. When I was...

A Tour of the Shop

A Tour of the Shop

While it's undeniably true that a dedicated artist is marked by a willingness to work anywhere, and under any conditions, the appeal of Virginia Woolf's "room of her own" persists. Even though it's not always possible, a dedicated space is certainly ideal when it...

Proper Introductions: George MacDonald

Proper Introductions: George MacDonald

G.K. Chesterton called him “one of the three or four greatest men of the 19th century.” Madeleine L’Engle said he was the “grandfather of us all—all of us who struggle to come to terms with truth through imagination.” “George MacDonald gives me renewed strength during...