Monthly Archives: April 2018

JOIN THE CONVERSATION

By SARAH DANNEMILLER What do a Muslim, mainline Protestant, Catholic, and atheist have in common? Not very much, as each operates from very different philosophical starting points. It would be odd, then, to claim that each of them ought to walk into a room together, sit down, and talk about these fundamental differences. Yet, I believe this collision of differences

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“AS KINGFISHERS CATCH FIRE”

By LARRY FINK (Editor’s Note: Larry Fink is a professor of English at Hardin-Simmons University. He brings insight into the work of Gerard Manley Hopkins in this explication of “As Kingfishers Catch Fire.”) As Kingfishers Catch Fire Gerard Manley Hopkins As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame; As tumbled over rim in roundy wells Stones ring; like each tucked string

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RELEASING THE KIDS

By NANCY PATRICK I recently noticed, sitting on the church pew behind me, a young man I had known since his childhood. His mother introduced the beautiful young woman with him as his fiancée. My husband whispered in my ear, “Should we ask John Michael if he’s spray-painted any mailboxes lately?” He was referring to an incident when John Michael,

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