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May 5, 2018

[Bunch of Grapes, by Andrew John Henry Way, 1873]

To make a jug of wine, a grape seed must first have gone into the ground and died in order to begin pushing up vines and leaves and the accoutrement of life. The vine may be left to grow wild, or it may be given a graft...

April 4, 2018

 (Dostoevky's Grave, St Petersburg)

The following is a lightly edited version of my final remarks to the students for a course at Trinity College titled The Theology of Dostoevsky.

Through this course we have treated Dostoevsky as a theologian, doing so in marked defianc...

January 5, 2018

Fr Luke lifted the hat brim from his eyes. He did not sit up right away, but shifted slightly until the hammock swayed under him. The gentle rocking, the perfect acceptance of his weight--these were worth enjoying for a moment. He lifted his wrist and looked at his wat...

October 3, 2017

(Photo © Daniel G Opperwall; all rights reserved)

Love is often festal. A baby is born to tears of joy, grows, laughs as she is tossed into the air by her father, perhaps marries and feasts at her marriage, cherishes her friends and family, welcomes children of her own....

August 11, 2017

 (Painting from a Ruysch Still Life)

Contemplation (and a Rose)

It was through the back alley that I was walking, that alley that is lined with overhanging trees and wild growth that smells (in morning dew) of okra and cut grasses and rot. It is cliche to say that it w...

August 10, 2017

(Painting: Menageot--Envy Plucking the Wings of Fame)


You, like string upon a needle fine

that through the eyelid in a stroke is sewn,

drag and goad me forward to your wont,

the torment doubled since invisible,

'till throbbing blindness comes to what's before

these feet...

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