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Best of 2020, Part Three: Editors’ Picks

2020 is somehow more bearable and more striking through the eyes of the post calvin.

Best of 2020, Part Two: Peers’ Picks

Is anyone listening? Does anyone care? Or are we just writing into the void for the satisfaction of our own egos?

Best of 2020, Part One: Writers’ Picks

This year’s entire catalog is proof that even pandemics and poisonous politics can be spun, however feebly, into something worth reading.

A Goodbye to Those Not Quite Gone

This was it. This was the moment my entire family would oust me from the clan.

Rejoicing in the Dark

Emotional breakdowns are always such a bother.

Merry Bloody Christmas

Much of my problem with Mary stems from my own somewhat-fraught relationship with my reproductive system, which is to say that I hate it and wish that it didn’t exist.

Today is Christmas, and We Are Tired

Today is Christmas, and We Are Tired

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I don’t have Christmas cheer to offer.

Re-enchanting Christmas with St. Nicholas of Myra

Re-enchanting Christmas with St. Nicholas of Myra

As many Christians and non-Christians around the globe come to terms with one of the most difficult holiday seasons of their lifetimes, revisiting the life of this particular saint may help re-enchant our disenchanted year. 

My Twelve Favorite Songs of the Year

My Twelve Favorite Songs of the Year

I approach list-making not as a critic, but simply as a fan trying to dig deeply and methodically into something I love.

On Holiness

On Holiness

I can’t help but commend Justin for taking this first step, if that’s indeed what it is.

She Wrapped Her Firstborn Son

She Wrapped Her Firstborn Son

The baby’s mother will show him how to be a joy-seeker, to soak up every drop of light. 

An Unpleasant Encounter with Mrs. X

An Unpleasant Encounter with Mrs. X

Narrow-mindedness, group-think, and the desire to wall oneself off from outsiders is not solely a conservative issue, but a bipartisan problem and part of the human condition.

Stacking Stones

Stacking Stones

With each stone I added, I thought of the people, places, and experiences that make me who I am

Immunized

Immunized

In the end, the crisis I fretted over, the risk I hoped to mitigate, never quite materialized.

I’m Not Okay

I’m Not Okay

After six weeks of unstructured days and minimal obligations, I no longer harbor illusions about what I might someday accomplish if I “just had more time.”

Kvothe’s Paradox

Kvothe’s Paradox

Any lover of the arts should find something worthwhile in metal music’s tracks

And It Looks Like All My Dreams

And It Looks Like All My Dreams

We’ve drunk wassail and hot cocoa from festive mugs, and we’ve streamed virtual concerts in gaudy sweaters.

A Perfect Ending: A Review of Japan Sinks 2020

A Perfect Ending: A Review of Japan Sinks 2020

There’s no cosmic explanation, for better or worse.

The Precedented World of Hallmark

The Precedented World of Hallmark

Added bonuses: a man confessing his love to an elevator, and the theme song is one of the cheesiest Christmas tunes of all time.

Finding the Words

Finding the Words

And so a gulf remains. There are parts of her I simply cannot know.

Doing NaNoWriMo in 2020

Doing NaNoWriMo in 2020

I decide that since I was already not going to do a classic NaNo, I might as well break some other rules.

Foo’s Errand

Foo’s Errand

You can do shorthand and reductive stereotypes for fans of a lot of modern rock bands of the late 1990s or 2000s, but what is a Foo Fighters fan?

Cloud Out Loud: No Heaven Without Liberation

Cloud Out Loud: No Heaven Without Liberation

In “No Heaven,” my words are basically a prayer and a wake-up call. I want to dedicate my healing to the healing of others whenever possible.

Reading and Breathing

Reading and Breathing

The unheard deserve hearing, the unsafe deserve safety, the forgotten deserve our imagination. 

The Twelve Days of Christmas: Online Teaching Edition

The Twelve Days of Christmas: Online Teaching Edition

“Wanna see the view from my deer blind, Ms. Boersma? I actually get pretty good Wi-Fi out here.”

Diploma Privilege for All

Diploma Privilege for All

But at least I know if an acceptance mailed to an offeror is binding even if the offeror has already sent a revocation that the offeree hasn’t yet received (it is)!

Layered

Layered

These rhythms meld, harmonize, bring forth anew.

Away From the Manger

Away From the Manger

Those on the Mexican side of the border sing the request while those on the U.S. side respond with rejection, a miniature drama of national proceedings.

Field Notes on Hunting

Field Notes on Hunting

It is remarkably easy to forget the fullness of story in each chicken breast. 

Vampire Slayer, Test Taker

Vampire Slayer, Test Taker

Even when there’s a murderer in the doorway, teenage problems are still problems.

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