Faith and Life – Fragments Against Ruin http://tonywoodlief.com Wed, 11 Oct 2017 02:11:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Of mice and men http://tonywoodlief.com/2017/01/31/of-mice-and-men/ Tue, 31 Jan 2017 16:22:10 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4735 The mice think I am a god. Not the God, but definitely a god. Their tithe is a fresh-hollowed hazelnut, rolled into the center of my floor every morning. The nuts come, no doubt, from the two-pound bag they stole last month. I don’t know how long it took them, only that one morning the …

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The unlovable http://tonywoodlief.com/2016/11/10/the-unlovable/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2016/11/10/the-unlovable/#comments Thu, 10 Nov 2016 17:56:15 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4720 I guess before you read the rest of this you should decide how you feel about the fact that I didn’t vote for either of them. Nor did I vote for the Libertarian, or the lady who makes Bernie Sanders look like Milton Friedman and whose name I’ve already forgotten. I voted in every other …

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A note about the end http://tonywoodlief.com/2016/09/29/4699/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2016/09/29/4699/#comments Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:13:03 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4699 I used to write much more about my children, but they’re growing despite my best efforts to conserve groceries, and they’re online in their various ways, and so it makes sense to let them tell their own stories, in their own time, in their own ways. I mean I know there are writers who tell …

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That malt shop in the sky http://tonywoodlief.com/2016/09/13/that-malt-shop-in-the-sky/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2016/09/13/that-malt-shop-in-the-sky/#comments Tue, 13 Sep 2016 13:36:10 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4692 Of all the reasons to cry, the “Beauty School Dropout” number from Grease probably shouldn’t make my list. Yet here I sit, surreptitiously mashing tears from the corners of my eyes just like Danny Zuko would have done, in his leather-jacket days, before Sandy convinced him real men cry. It’s not that I’m unused to …

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Death in Charleston http://tonywoodlief.com/2015/06/18/death-in-charleston/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2015/06/18/death-in-charleston/#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 03:47:58 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4617 Tonight I made my way home through rain driven from a shrouded sky. It struck the scorched asphalt, and everywhere was steam. I remembered the verse, how rain falls on the just and the unjust, and as I squinted against the blanketed white and shifting curtains of rain I considered how the reverse is true: sometimes …

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The poor fisherman http://tonywoodlief.com/2015/06/11/the-poor-fisherman/ Thu, 11 Jun 2015 16:46:06 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4615 From my latest essay at the Image Good Letters site: I am a tense and irritable man with occasional bouts of cheerfulness tempered by fatalism. I am a hard man with whom to live. I spent yesterday griping at my kids not to drown in the river, not to pick up snakes, not to fall …

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Listing http://tonywoodlief.com/2015/05/22/listing-2/ Fri, 22 May 2015 13:39:29 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4611 Here’s an excerpt from my latest Image essay if you’re interested: Isaiah returned to the scene of the crime to survey his work. It was a damned atrocity. Paint ran haphazardly against the grain, tacky pools of it collected on the surface, and thick rivulets had crawled down the sides and hardened. “Look at it,” …

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Legos in the Deep http://tonywoodlief.com/2015/05/01/legos-in-the-deep/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2015/05/01/legos-in-the-deep/#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 13:19:01 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4598 Like many, I passed this spring through Lent. It felt longer than in past years, because there has been a kind of Lenten work being done within me, it seems, since last fall. Nothing terrible, nothing traumatic, just a gradual scraping away of the soul’s fat, like miserable Eustace when Aslan sinks his claws into …

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When He is Silent http://tonywoodlief.com/2015/01/30/when-he-is-silent/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2015/01/30/when-he-is-silent/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:26:30 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4575 A reader whose younger sister recently died wrote me to ask how I endured, during the time of my daughter’s sickness and death, the silence of God. It’s something I’ve written about here and here, and in my book. I’ve talked about “saudade,” a Portuguese word meaning “the presence of absence,” which is how you feel, …

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Fair http://tonywoodlief.com/2015/01/15/fair/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2015/01/15/fair/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:59:58 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4554 I’ve been working on contentment, which mostly means I’ve been praying for God to help me be content in whatever circumstances I find myself, then griping at him when I face trials that might help me learn contentment. But I’m trying, I swear. Those of you who know me know that my life thus far …

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