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Writerliness and Being Writerly

The term “writerly” fans a flame inside me. It’s a virtuous word that speaks of crafting words into sentences and paragraphs with passion, imagination and love. I just searched for a definition of “writerly” and found this: 1. of or characteristic of a writer 2. characterized by the qualities of a writer’s craft, esp. by those that […]

Anglican Mainstream, Core Issues, Homosexuality & Homophobia

The anti-gay movement is fighting back hard these days. And when I say anti-gay, I mean virulently. With Anglican Mainstream and Core Issues, two groups in the news at the moment for their now-cancelled “ex-gay” ad campaign on London buses, we’re not talking about mere “traditional Christians,” but egregiously homophobic organizations. I’ve documented Anglican Mainstream’s […]

The Meaning of Easter

I wrote these words just over a year ago, and I republish them to give friends and readers some idea why this non-theist continues to find meaning in the Christian Easter tradition. ________________ The Ash Wednesday words “From dust you came and to dust you shall return” have particular resonance for this Anglican agnostic. You […]

On Passive-Aggressive Wikipedia Edits

The silly but much-cherished rule of never using the grammatical passive in writing has bred some strange notions of what exactly the passive is. To some, “passive” apparently means “any construction that twists the grammar of a sentence so badly that it sounds instinctively wrong to just about everyone.” That would certainly seem to be […]