• A Sort of Manifesto

    from Ken Kuhlken Backstory: when I was sixteen my dear friend Eric moved in with me. Both our fathers had passed on. My mom was in a hospital isolation ward with spinal meningitis. Eric’s mom was crazy. Eric may have been an angel. You could learn more about him in Reading Brother Lawrence.  When I more

  • Who Needs College? Laurent.

    From Rats in the Ivory Tower, Episode 8 Lots of well-intentioned people will contend that college isn’t necessary. I certainly agree. It isn’t always necessary. I mean many successful people have skipped over that experience and devoted those years to efforts that helped make their fortunes, their celebrity, or whatever. Neither does college guarantee anything, more

  • Philip Yancey’s Memoir

    Around a dozen years ago, I was invited to teach at the Point Loma Nazarene College annual writer’s symposium. One of my classes was non-fiction, by no means my specialty. When I learned Philip Yancey, a writer I much admire, would also be at the symposium, I was delighted. But when I learned Mr. Yancey more

  • Stephen Foster

    If I were asked my favorite American songwriter, I would answer that it’s a draw between Bob Dylan and Steven Foster. For those who haven’t heard of Stephen Foster, here is a taste from James Taylor, Yo Yo Ma, et al, that exhibits Mr. Foster’s sensibility. One of my favorites is “Beautiful Dreamer”, which I so more


    For the Associate of Arts degree program Flannery O’Connor, A Good Man is Hard to Find Malcolm Gladwell, The Tipping Point Aimee Semple McPherson, This is That Martin Luther King, Strength to Love Andrew Marr, The History of the World. Jill Lepore, The Story of America. David A. Mayer, The Everything Economics Book Benjamin I. Page and Martin Gilens, Democracy in America more

  • Upton Sinclair

    Upton Sinclair was a prolific and popular novelist of the early 20th century. Among his memorable novels were Oil, a harrowing tale of the rape of L.A. by oilmen such as Edward Doheny, and The Jungle, which follows the fortunes of an immigrant who finds in the stockyards of Chicago a ruthless industry that degrades it’s workers more

  • Beautiful Dreamer

    I’m excited by a book review I read in a Reedsy blog. Reedsy, by the way, is has plenty legitimate resources for writers). The review is of Beautiful Dreamer, by Sarah Taylor, a novel based on the life of my favorite popular songwriter, Stephen Foster, who lived and died during the early 1800s, and whose more

  • No Country for Old Men

    Yesterday was Easter. Pam convinced me to spend a good part of the afternoon watching No Country for Old Men. I wasn’t hard to convince, since the Coen brothers are favorites of mine and most of the films I have watched over the last few years featured talking animals or vegetables. Our Zoe is five. more

  • Beauty Will Save the World

    With a profound alternative to more common Evangelical Christian viewpoints, Mr. Zhand draws from visionaries such as Dostoyevski to show us how the Christian message, when promoted and lived out, can lead us to a far better world. Amazon: Beauty Will Save the World

  • The Cartel

     I don’t read many fat novels, as I’m rather compulsive about finishing what I start and if a fat book doesn’t keep me spellbound, it might cost me a month of reading time. So Don Winslow’s The Cartel sat on my shelf for a year. It’s around 600 pages. I read it in about a more