In Praise of Family and Khloe Kardashian

[First published in Christ and Pop Culture] And now comes the lull between the two biggest holidays in the United States, the inter-turkey period between Thanksgiving and Christmas that leaves one feeling bloated in the wake of one giant meal while eagerly anticipating the giant meal yet to come—the already-not yet of holiday feasting. We have already taken part in... Continue Reading →

An Ode to Magazines (The Print Kind)

[Published in Christ and Pop Culture] Just the other day, my husband said to me that he was sick of wading through the sheer volume of stuff on the Internet. He is ready for an intelligent person to come along, aggregate top-quality articles, put them all together in a handy portable format in a binding... Continue Reading →

CT Book Awards

Several months ago, I was given the opportunity to be one of the judges for CT's 2017 Book Awards in the category of Art & Culture. My top pick, Jessica Hooten Wilson's Giving the Devil His Due: Demonic Authority in the Fiction of Flannery O'Connor and Fyodor Dostoevsky ended up being the top pick overall in... Continue Reading →

Crying in Public

[From Christ and Pop Culture] Let’s get one thing straight: Tonya Harding is not an appealing protagonist. In the movie I, Tonya, Tonya (played by Margot Robbie in an Oscar-nominated turn) does the audience a favor by acknowledging this point before we have a chance to. With an undertone of hostility, she speaks directly into the... Continue Reading →

The Old Tree

I stared at an old oak tree all summer, through the barn doors of the farm where I worked. Many of the people who came to the farm loved this oak tree very much, and would come in to the barn to complain to me about the other people who came to the farm who... Continue Reading →


When I came back from Rome, my sleep was unsettled for weeks. I actually had a dream about Pope Innocent X. I had seen the Velazquez rendering of him from the 17th century, the one in which the Pope is painted in all his glowering power. It quite literally haunted my dreams. The whole place... Continue Reading →

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