Are Our Souls Compasses?

My wife is three thousand miles away. She is in Oregon finishing up some work and I’ll be picking her up at the airport in a few more weeks with the same excitement of our first date. When we first embarked on this foolish idea of living in different states as I started my work […]

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Authors I want to Meet

Have you ever gone on a literary pilgrimage? Ever visited a childhood home of a beloved author. There’s Faulkner’s home in Mississippi or Laura Ingalls Wilder’s in De Smet. There’s the Bird and Baby for Inklings fans and the whole town of Providence for Lovecraft fans. Big Sur means something different after Kerouac along with … More Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Authors I want to Meet

The Great Fires Taught Me How to Love

Jack Gilbert’s book of poems, The Great Fires, is a meditation on the ten years after the death of his beloved wife, Michiko Nogami. The poems are stark and lyrical, portraying grief against the minimalist landscape of Pittsburgh and rural Greece. In a confessional style, Gilbert speaks personally to the reader with little to no narrator in … More The Great Fires Taught Me How to Love