Sand in the Gears

It doesn’t come with a parking spot, but it’s still pretty darn nice

Thursday, December 5th, 2013 Posted in The Artful Life | 3 Comments »

The good people at Image Journal have named me their artist of the month. I like being reminded that writers are artists, and I'm honored to be included among the many fine artists—of all stripes—who have been similarly recognized by ...

Slippery words

Friday, February 1st, 2013 Posted in Curmudgeonry | 2 Comments »

You might like my latest post at Good Letters. An excerpt: "We are used to words not meaning anything, you see, and so who cares if foot-long is not supposed to mean eleven inches, that cheese is not supposed to be a vegetable ...

Elect art

Friday, December 7th, 2012 Posted in The Artful Life | Comments Off on Elect art

My latest short story is in the current edition of Image, for those of you with a literary bent. And for those of you bent theologically, in this case, because in my story John Calvin attends a writing workshop so ...


Friday, August 17th, 2012 Posted in The Art of Parenting | Comments Off on Words

Some of you might like my recent essay at Image's Good Letters channel. Here's an excerpt: "The vicissitudes of life may chink or scorch or even crack that die, but if your child doesn’t come with the self-restraint app, for example, ...

How we bless

Friday, February 4th, 2011 Posted in Faith and Life | 2 Comments »

I'm happy to announce that every couple of weeks I'll be writing essays for Good Letters, the blog over at Image. Some of you will recognize Image as one of my favorite literary journals, and so you'll know how honored ...


Friday, December 18th, 2009 Posted in The Artful Life | 2 Comments »

I just found out I scored a mention in the 2010 Pushcart Anthology for my short story, "Name," which was published last year in Image. And the good people at Ruminate nominated my story, "The Glass Child," for a Pushcart ...

Traveling circles

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009 Posted in The Artful Life | 2 Comments »

So what do I have in common with Annie Dillard, Ron Hansen, Kathleen Norris, and Valerie Sayers? We're all in Image Journal's 20th-anniversary anthology, Bearing the Mystery. You should buy a copy.