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    Waiting on a tree

    The sassafras at Agnes Scott took no time to ID — no other North American tree looks or smells anything like it I’ve been learning to identify trees lately. More than once it has reminded me of my first year in college. I attended a tiny school in the southern Blue Ridge. There I spent […]

    Hope is the thing with feathers

    Vaughn Fender, Elijah Fed by Ravens (2013) for the Old and New Project THE DAYS ARE dark in Israel. The Davidic monarchy has long since fallen apart and King Ahab has made an unholy alliance with the neighboring nation of Phoenicia. His worship of foreign gods is problematic, as is his refusal to do what Yahweh […]

    Grief is the cleanest cut

    Scott Simmons, Eastern Phoebe (2013) THERE IS A quiet clearing alongside a pond in the forest not far from here. That’s how I like to think about it, anyway, because it sounds like I live in the deep woods, perhaps in some magnificent and lonesome boreal expanse, which I do not. I live in Decatur, […]

    Joy is waiting in the woods

    Paul Klee, Bird Garden (1924) ABOUT A YEAR ago I was out with my editor and friend Tony. We were at the Brick Store, a pub in my hometown of Decatur, Georgia, for a brew and a discussion about my book. After a while our talk turned from publishing to life in general. Tony’s a […]

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