Recently I posted about Letters to Me: Conversations with a Younger Self, a collection of essays by several authors of varied backgrounds written to a younger version of oneself. Today I’m posting my essay from the collection.
Letters to Me: Conversations with a Younger Self is a collaborative project in which I join with nearly 20 authors from a wide range of backgrounds to explore a significant event from young adulthood, then talk to a younger version of ourselves with compassion and wisdom about what happened next, and how it mattered.
Sometimes, in the shadows of the early dawn, I turn my world upside down and read the Midday office instead of Morning Lauds. I know, I know. Makes you wonder how I cope with the ensuing hysteria, right? Most days, I find a way. Yes, like today.
If you’ve been around here with me for any length of time, you know that over the past several months I’ve been on a pilgrimage of sorts, a weekly trip to a Benedictine monastery near my home for a half hour, or an hour, depending on whether I stayed with the brothers for lunch. (I’ve […]
I was driving north on Lyndale Avenue. I crossed Interstate 494 running through the southern Twin Cities metro area and all of sudden I wasn’t sure I knew where I was anymore. That’s not unusual for me, I know. But this was my old neighborhood, and it didn’t look the same as I remembered.
One of the creepier pieces of the puzzle beneath the headaches I don’t really have is a eyelid that doesn’t really close. At least not all the way. Well, at least that’s what my eye doctor says. It’s handy at mealtime, where only a fool would pray with both eyes closed at my dinner table. […]
Say what you will about Job’s friends. It’s true. Once they started yammering, they wove their strands of talking points between what was true and what they only wished were true until it’s no wonder Job didn’t lash them all together with that rope and walk away, leaving them bound to discuss his plight amongst […]
I’ve been, these past weeks, getting to know the boy Samuel. I’ve hovered over and dipped into the early chapters of the first book of Samuel for a very long time now. Once in a while I read the whole thing. And another day just a little bit seems to rise off the page to […]