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In case you missed it

By February 11, 2015 No Comments

I’ve been laid low by the flu.

So today I commend to you two things that you may have missed–and should take a moment to check out.

1. Mary Oliver’s recent conversation with Krista Tippett.  Oliver is seldom interviewed, and this conversation is a delight.

2. Shauna Niequist’s piece, “Burn the Candles.” Niequist’s defense of gift-giving–and why we need to receive gifts with more celebration–is spot-on.  And an encouragement to embrace just how loved we are.

Enjoy!

I’ve taught English at Calvin College since 1998–where I get to read books and talk about them for a living. What could be better? Along with my wonderful colleague, Jane Zwart, I am the co-director of the Calvin Center for Faith and Writing, which is the home of the Festival of Faith and Writing as well as a number of other exciting endeavors. Given my interest in teaching, I’m the founding co-editor of the Duke University Press journal Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition and Culture (and yes, I realize that that is a very long subtitle). I also do various administrative things across campus. As an Army brat, I’ve never lived anywhere as long as I’ve now lived in Grand Rapids. I count myself rich in friends and family. I enjoy kayaking and hiking. I collect cookbooks (and also like to cook), listen to all kinds of music, and watch all manner of movies and tv shows. I love George Eliot, Jane Austen, Marilynne Robinson, Dante, E.M. Delafield, Tennyson, Hopkins, and Charlotte Bronte (among others). And I have a bumper sticker on my car that says: “I’d rather be reading Flannery O’Connor.” Which is true.

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