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A Jumble of Astonishing Things

Full disclosure: I know both artists I’m highlighting today. I’m enamored with what they’re both doing.  If you’re worried that I might be the teensiest bit subjective on topics such as these, I’d protest and say that I hold you, my reader, in high regard, and I would only recommend things I care about…and wish […]

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Does God Need Us?

From Annie Dillard’s For the Time Being: “‘For the Jew the world is not complete; people must complete it.’  So said a nineteenth-century Frenchman, Edmund Fleg.  Recently Lawrence Kushner stated the same idea powerfully and bluntly: ‘God does not have hands, we do.  Our hands are God’s.  It is up to us, what God will […]

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What Magnificence Surrounds Us

“To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour.” –William Blake, in “Auguries of Innocence” And this, from the final pages of Eve.

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Standing In It

Sometimes we’re simply standing in it–whether it be discouragement, sadness, anger, frustration, boredom, stagnation–and all we do is wonder when it will be over.  Because then life will be better.  Then we’ll be beautiful and smart and gosh-darn-it, people will like us!  Then we’ll do and say fabulous things.  Then we’ll be on top of […]

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When God Doesn’t Explain

Today requires few words.  I found this piece hilarious, especially because it validates how I felt after doing the many months of research for Eve. Roz Chast crystallizes the moment just so.  [This is from The New Yorker, March 8, 2010.] It would have been wonderful to clear this up right away… [Post image: Partial […]

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