Monthly Archives: April 2010

If You Loved The Glass Castle–Will You Love Half Broke Horses?

My friend and occasional guest blogger Lanie Tankard has written a stellar review of Jeannette Walls’ new book. One of the interesting things she ponders in the review is Walls’ choice of the label true-life novel. Those of you who … Continue reading

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A Story of Hope for Those Who Struggle with Depression

A few weeks ago Stuart and I were visited by a former student of mine, now a wife and mother who spent many years living in Indonesia, which is her husband’s home. Karin will soon move to Bangladesh, where her husband … Continue reading

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A Letter to Mary Karr

When Abraham Lincoln and Harriet Beecher Stowe met for the first time, the President allegedly said, “So you’re the little lady who started this great war!” When it comes to 21’st century memoir, one can make the case that Mary Karr … Continue reading

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The Festival of Faith and Writing: A Feast of Flowers and Words

The Dutch know how to grow tulips–and writers! Every two years the good folks at Calvin College put on a Festival of Faith and Writing that attracts thousands of readers and hundreds of writers. And what a good time we … Continue reading

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First Lines: What are Your Favorites?

Beginnings matter. Writers and English professors love to exchange their favorite first lines: “Call me Ishmael,” or “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” A well-crafted first line in an essay or book not only … Continue reading

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