Things That Go Bump In The Light Of Day

June 1, 2010

It is, of course, our greatest fear. It is the bogeyman in our closet, the monster under our bed. It is the shadow that lurks behind every tree in the wood, it is the crackle of every twig, it is the sudden silencing of birds, the darkening of the sky, the unexpected chill in the [...]

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What Is Love? (Baby, Don’t Hurt Me)

January 14, 2010

Emilia is in love. “Mommy, can I make a present for Josh? Because I love him.” – “You LOVE Josh?” “Yes. But it’s not love like getting-married love. And it’s not kissing-love. It’s FRIEND-love.” – “Oh, good. Wait… what do you know about kissing?” “That it makes your cheeks go red.” OY.

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Just Like A Prayer

November 18, 2009

I don’t believe in petitionary or intercessory prayer. I’ve written about my reasons for this at length, but it boils down to this: I don’t believe in, can’t believe in, a God who responds to such prayer. As I said some months ago, ‘why should God help us find a cure for cancer, and not [...]

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September 1, 2009

In the last year of my parents’ marriage, my dad had an affair. I’ve always known this, my mom has always known this, it was something that we all talked about, in later years: his regret, his remorse, over this thing he had done, its effect on my mother, its effect on our family, the [...]

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