Author: kenkuhlken

Woe is Us?

WOE IS US? One: In a Christian Bookstore A couple years after I became known as a mystery writer, when my novel The Angel Gang came out, Alan Russell and I set off on a book signing tour. Somewhere in

News and Notes 10/18

From Gary Swaim, Perelandra College Professor Emeritus: I wanted to let you know that I have received my latest publication:  QUIXOTIC NOTIONS.  Approximately 150 pages and is available on both Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  The book is a collection

Find Out Who You Are, Part One

According to the TV show Joan of Arcadia, which I recommend buying on DVD (for some insidious reason, it got cancelled), St Augustine wrote, “To know yourself is to know God.” Telling our stories is an adventure. We might know

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Be Indomitable

Master Jeong taught that the Tae Kwon Do spirit (probably not to be confused with the spirit that moves us) is an indomitable spirit. Sometimes when your world has crashed, it’s wise to tell yourself, “I have an indomitable spirit.”

Quit Making Excuses

At least until you get six-figure advances, when you meet people and they ask what you do, beware of telling them you’re a writer. Too often they’ll think you make lots of money. If you’re honest, you’ll admit you don’t.

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A Time for Everything

I was considering writing about a feeling that has come over me, as though I think differently from everyone I know and consequently can hardly open my mouth without risking an argument. While contemplating this predicament, and wondering if this

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Job or Life, Take Your Pick

College should be more than vocational training. It should also be the introduction to a rich and satisfying life. Here’s a passage from a recent New York Times article: “’The largest problem of skills in the U.S. today isn’t a

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Get Courageous

When I was in graduate school at the University of Iowa, I read in the college newspaper an interview with the director of the Playwrights’ Workshop. The reporter asked for his advice to would-be playwrights. His response was so outrageous,

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The Jefferson Attitude

The New York Times ran an article by historian David Williams about Thomas Jefferson’s more or less Christian attitude and how taking a similar stance might allow the Democratic Party to win over those who find Democrats essentially secular and

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The Answer to Everything

Some folks are no doubt dying to know the story of my writing career, so I’m going to attempt a capsule version. Of course I once set out to write a short story and ended up with 1400 pages. I’ll try my best

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