A Quote Off My Shelf

"The literary critic's preoccupation with the how of biblical writing is not frivolous. It is evidence of an artistic delight in verbal beauty and craftsmanship, but it is also part of an attempt to understand what the Bible says. In a literary text it is impossible to separate what is said from how it is said, … Continue reading A Quote Off My Shelf


Rereading a Childhood Favorite

It's both a wonderful and frightening thing to reread a book you loved as a child. It's been ten years since I read Anne of Green Gables. It was one of my most favorite books of all when I was entering my teens but I've put off rereading it because I was afraid I'd find … Continue reading Rereading a Childhood Favorite

A Quote Off My Shelf

"I am looking for friends. What does that mean -- tame?" "It is an act too often neglected," said the fox. "It means to establish ties."  "To establish ties?"  "Just that," said the fox. "To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. … Continue reading A Quote Off My Shelf

Speech & Literature Appreciation Class for Children

Last fall, I had the wonderful privilege of teaching a literature appreciation class to 7 students between the ages of 4 and 13. Over seven weeks they memorized the poem "Daybreak" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and become familiar with seven of Aesop's Fables. At the end of the course, I hosted a tea party for … Continue reading Speech & Literature Appreciation Class for Children

Speech and Literature Appreciation Class

Starting on September 9th, I will be teaching a 30 minute* SPEECH class following my Piano Primer Class for children ages 3-12 in Conroe, TX. I accept both reading and non-reading students. Through the course of the 7-week** class, students will memorize the poem "Daybreak" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and become familiar with 7 of … Continue reading Speech and Literature Appreciation Class

The Guardians of Reputation

This is the fourth post in a five-part series on Aesop's Fables. You can read this post independently from the others or you can read the introduction here for more background on the history and use of Aesop's Fables and catch up on the other two fables I examined here and here. GENIUS, VIRTUE AND … Continue reading The Guardians of Reputation

Reviewer’s Digest //Non-Fiction

A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis 
Read October 28th

 (Afterward by Chad Walsh read on the 29th) 4 Stars I was pleased with myself for finishing the entire book in one sitting--but then again, I couldn't very well go to bed in the middle anyway. It frightened me to see the questions, the doubts, the … Continue reading Reviewer’s Digest //Non-Fiction

Whale-Lines, Foolish Elves, and the Faith of Laughter

When you think about it, death is never more than one false step away. One run red-light. One moment of distraction while driving on the highway. One minute a child is left unattended. One tree that fell the wrong way. One plane ride that fails to reach its destination. One stray bullet in the bunker. One … Continue reading Whale-Lines, Foolish Elves, and the Faith of Laughter