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Monthly Archives: December 2007

Christmas on the farm

Back to work next week. This week has been for CHRISTMAS… the Christmas-cookie-decorating-apocalyptic-mess, the barefoot Christmas Eve game of Rundown (guess we won’t be singing In the Bleak Midwinter THIS Christmas either), watching the Scrooge musical with the bunnies, and hovering over the presents, intending to shake them as soon as Mom and Dad are […]

Contemplating work

Yes, I know it’s been a while since I posted. I’ve been WORKING. A lot. And contemplating. From Thomas Merton’s Seeds of Contemplation: The requirements of a work to be done can be understood as the will of God. If I am supposed to hoe a garden or make a table, then I will be […]

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The contract from Princeton University Press has been negotiated, issued, signed, and returned. So now I have a question for you: what should the book be called? Important details: The book traces the metamorphosis of public confession of sin. I argue that, over the course of the twentieth century, it changes from a religious ritual […]

Hi ho, hi ho…

I’m back to work now. So, in no particular order, here’s what’s occupying the brain of THIS working writer on the first day of December… 1. I’m waiting on the contract from Princeton University Press to be issued, at which point I’ll sign it, return it, and commit myself to delivering the manuscript along with […]