Preparing for death, early Mardi Gras, & the starry sky.
Books, like friends, have the potential to change our lives. They can shape who we are and what we love, and this is especially true of children. This is obvious enough to any lover of books, but don't take my word for it. The formative effect of reading on children is well documented, not only in … [Read More...]
Are writing workshops useful? I ponder this question as a veteran of an MFA program and a few community writers’ groups. One of many pieces of conventional wisdom often tossed at writers is that they need workshops to grow as writers, but there are also many critics of the workshop model. I have had … [Read More...]
Have people accused you of being a hipster when, in fact, you know that you're just a regular bro? Ever since I woke up five years ago to the sound of the rooster crowing in my urban chicken coop, I realized that I might, in fact, have accidentally become a Catholic hipster. As I ground my … [Read More...]
Should children use eReaders? Maura Roan McKeegan argues they especially need physical books. "Nineteenth-century British educator Charlotte Mason described the ability to focus (in a healthy brain) as a habit of the mind—one that can be gained or lost according to how the mind is trained. For this … [Read More...]
Guest post by Gregory Vigliotta. As she rushed out of the wardrobe, Lucy exclaimed “There’s a wood inside it, and it’s snowing, and there’s a fawn and a witch and it’s called Narnia; come and see.” I can recall the excitement that immediately penetrated me and the curiosity that lasted as I … [Read More...]