vol. 6, num. 16 :: 2007.09.07 — 2007.09.21
There are stories that you’ve heard a dozen times or more and even though you may roll your eyes when you hear the opening line yet again, let’s face it: it’s a good story. Furthermore, you have your own stories that you tell over and over again. “Each man has his own batch of poems” (Herzog, Saul Bellow). On the good stories that we’ve read, heard, lived and told.
Thoughts from a writing teacher and father-to-be.
On listening to both the factual and fictional stories that surround us.
A story about a man, a woman, a ceremony and more.
The clandestine motivations of storytelling can find us either apathetic or engaged.
Reflection on a nighttime ritual that fills various kinds of needs.
On the paradoxes and perils of rodent home invasion.
A grandfather’s death brings an opportunity to reflect on family stories.
An interview with Dawn Ulmer about her annual story.
A grandmother’s stories about death and destruction warrant both laughter and love.
A review of the work of storyteller Michael Perry.
On the cinematic audacity of Todd Solondz in Storytelling.
A review of Life of Pi by Yann Martel
A college professor shares a story of living in relationship with God.
On the unseen variables and pleasant surprises of life's road trips.
What unites these stories on the surface is that they're all made from old tapes, recordings found in attics and thrift stores. What unites them under that surface is that they all end up being stories about the legacies that fathers leave their children.
Telling stories from Scripture changes the people who learn them well enough to tell them—and changes worshipers who hear the old, old story anew.
It is useless to try to adjudicate a long-standing animosity by asking who started it or who is the most wrong. The only sufficient answer is to give up the animosity and try forgiveness, to try to love our enemies and to talk to them and (if we pray) to pray for them. If we can’t do any of that, then we must begin again by trying to imagine our enemies’ children, who, like our children, are in mortal danger because of enmity that they did not cause. We can no longer afford to confuse peaceability with passivity. Authentic peace is no more passive than war. Like war, it calls for discipline and intelligence and strength of character, though it calls also for higher principles and aims. If we are serious about peace, then we must work for it as ardently, seriously, continuously, carefully, and bravely as we have ever prepared for war.
“A Citizen’s Response” in Citizenship Papers
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