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When Life Gets Murky

When Life Gets Murky

This is the fifth installment of The Best Of Series (originally published Nov. 22, 2019) Each week a few devout atheists respond to my essays. Mostly on social media rather than on the blog or via email. Some of them want to engage in a genuine way. Others are snarky...
Giving Love Away

Giving Love Away

This is the fourth installment in the Best Of Series (originally published January 5, 2018) It’s funny, the sorts of things that have made me feel loved. When I mine my memory, no grand gestures or extravagant expressions of affection come to the surface. Instead, I...
Mending Fragile Things

Mending Fragile Things

This is the third installment in the Best Of Series. (originally published on April 14, 2017) “The world breaks everyone and afterward many are [beautiful] in the broken places.” In A Farewell to Arms, this sentence reads that some are “strong” in the broken...
Walking Each Other Home

Walking Each Other Home

Aside from playing catch and riding in the car, our dog Gracie enjoys taking walks more than anything. She loves the exercise, the sights, the smells. Especially the smells. But what she likes best of all is that we’re doing it together. Again and again she smiles up...
Against the Odds

Against the Odds

These days Anne Lamott may be an accomplished skier, but a few years ago she would warm up with the beginners for a while and then stick with the easiest intermediate slope.  Once, after several goes on her usual course, she hopped on the chairlift for yet...
It’s Complicated

It’s Complicated

“You’ll understand when you get older.” The radio journalist and producer Chana Joffe-Walt asked some middle schoolers how they felt when their parents said this to them. Their unsurprising answer was, “Not at all!”  Many of them felt put down by it or saw it as...