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Monthly Archives: December 2019

Best of 2019: Part Three

Favorite posts of 2019 from our editors.

Best of 2019: Part Two

Favorite pieces of 2019 from our writers.

Best of 2019: Part One

Favorite pieces of 2019 from our audience.

The Incarnation

I learned that a tree marked with a robe was not just a special tree chosen by a monk—these trees were monks.

Bringing Vince Carter to Church pt. 2

But what still grabs my attention and gains my respect is the way Vince Carter has subverted the expectations of aging basketball stars.

Tokyo Godfathers and the Art of the Christmas Miracle

Perhaps even more powerful than its familial themes and more impressive than its artwork and animation is how Tokyo Godfathers twists the rules of good story writing and bends them to its thematic will.

A Star, A Star: The Incomplete and Distorted History of the Red Hot Chili Peppers

A Star, A Star: The Incomplete and Distorted History of the Red Hot Chili Peppers

by | Dec 24, 2019 | 1 comment

There was a time in my life when the Chili Peppers dropping a bad record (or at least, for the first time ever, one that I perceived as bad) would have devastated me.

My Silly Dictionary

My Silly Dictionary

Pruts (pl. noun) /pɹʌts/

It’s 2049: A Little Ways in the Future in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

It’s 2049: A Little Ways in the Future in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

May the Force be with you, Rey, as you go where no man has gone before.

The 2019 Golden Gabe Awards

The 2019 Golden Gabe Awards

David: Ok. But I’ll have you know that picking out a sweater for this event was literally the hardest choice of my life, and I think that the results speak for themselves.

Do Not Look Directly at the Dog Park

Do Not Look Directly at the Dog Park

There was once a purebred golden retriever who visibly loved everyone and snuggled up to strangers: she was so beautiful I was scared to touch her for fear I’d leave an unsightly smudge.

Same as It Ever Was?: A Millennial’s Retirement Plan

Same as It Ever Was?: A Millennial’s Retirement Plan

Can you mourn a future you haven’t lived?

So, How Does It Feel?

So, How Does It Feel?

When I was younger, I expected that falling in love would be a transcendental, magical experience, ushering me into that enlightenment which is achieved only on the other side of romance.

Listen

Listen

Plenty of people exist in the peripherals, without heart, voice, hope, friends. People you might never expect.

The Same, The Truth

The Same, The Truth

We tell the stories as we want to know them, withholding the details that would round them into truth.

Wisconsin

Wisconsin

“I’m glad you’re here, Will,” said David, “because Sarah and I have an announcement to make.”

The Snowy Knight of Christmas Holly

The Snowy Knight of Christmas Holly

Best line: “A guest house, on a teacher’s salary?”

Three Carols for Teachers

Three Carols for Teachers

Silent night, hole punch night,
Teachers quake at the sight

The Two Counselors Who Saved Me

The Two Counselors Who Saved Me

So the first counselor who saved me was the one I love most, the one who sometimes knows me better than I know myself.

The Breaking of the Fellowship

The Breaking of the Fellowship

That’s, I think, the hardest part of this story—it’s nobody’s fault. 

Into the Next Octave

Into the Next Octave

It’s like—gasp—a song can be both well thought out and an Oscar-baiting money-grab.

Why You Cheer for Every NHL Team

Why You Cheer for Every NHL Team

You know what a town car is. You’ve never watched a game on a screen smaller than 52″. You owe a debt to Henrik Lundqvist. You remember the 1994 Stanley Cup, even if you weren’t alive.

To All the Twenties I’ve Been Before 

To All the Twenties I’ve Been Before 

Dear twenty-seven-year-old Caroline,
Quit your job.

Mind Your Shotgun

Mind Your Shotgun

Today I smell dead quail and gunpowder. Today I taste sweat. Good things, and my attention comes on its own.

The Trials and Tribulations of the Holds Shelf

The Trials and Tribulations of the Holds Shelf

11. Check your library account again and realize that your book is in transit, which means it is one step away from being in your grubby hands.

For Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, & Mary

For Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, & Mary

I cannot scramble past the darkness this year, so I am looking for signs of God’s presence in the darkness.

Buy the Damn Christmas Tree

Buy the Damn Christmas Tree

Among all of the challenges that I imagined were standing between me and a tree, allow me to share some of my favorites.

How’s That Working Out for You

How’s That Working Out for You

But the first time I stepped on the treadmill, I realized I don’t know how to run when I’m not moving myself forward.

The Four Most Important Things I Know

The Four Most Important Things I Know

What I mean is that we must be skeptical of solutions that simply throw money at complex issues.

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