Tag Archives: joy

Merry Christmas! (From an Insensitive Boob)

When I say Merry Christmas in public, I’m often rewarded with an Oh, that’s right, your generation doesn’t know any better look, and a corrective “Happy Holidays.” Just for the record, I do know better. The Christmases I grew up … Continue reading

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Why I Believe: C.S. Lewis and Me – Part Three

Conclusion to the three-part story of my journey from atheism to faith To read Part One, click here.    “Surprised by joy—impatient as the Wind, I turned to share the transport.”       ~William Wordsworth Almost immediately after my … Continue reading

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Make Me an Instrument

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.” ~Matthew 5:9

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Marital Math

“Marriage halves our griefs, doubles our joys, and quadruples our expenses.” ~G. K. Chesterton

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Music from My Movies

Father, I’m on Fire! Father, I’m on Fire, a burst of guileless musical joy, plays under the ending credits of my feature film Over-the-Rhine. Expressing the newborn faith of one of the film’s central characters, it’s exuberant lyrics and light … Continue reading

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Fat Tuesday

The downside of official holy days is that the days before them tend to become unholy days. Hence, for some, the vows of faithfulness spoken at a marriage ceremony are preceded by a bachelor party in which the devoted-spouse-to-be gets … Continue reading

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Life Isn’t Fair!

I’d reached the sagely age of five and was going to school! Which was neato. But what was even neato-er was that I would finally get to cross the street by myself! I still remember the delicious terror of crossing … Continue reading

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