Art as Hospitality


This is a veritable collision of amazingness. If you have a kid who loves to draw, tell stories, or really anything, then you will want to read this. My pal Zach Franzen (illustrator for The Green Ember) is featured over at the Amongst Lovely Things blog, hosted by my friend Sarah Mackenzie, and the result […]

Why It Matters


Why do the arts matter? Why does Beauty matter? I don’t believe I have ever heard a better explanation than the song Why It Matters, by Sara Groves. I can still remember Gina coming to me years ago while I typed away at my first novel, battling discouragement (as always), and saying, “This song is what […]

Writing By Belief

“Every time a poem is written, every time a short story is written, it is not by cunning, but by belief. The beauty, the something, the little charm of the thing to be, is more felt than known. There is a common jest, one that always annoys me, on the writers, that they write the […]

We Are a Work of Art

“We are, not metaphorically but in very truth, a Divine work of art, something that God is making, and therefore something with which He will not be satisfied until it has a certain character. Here again we come up against what I have called the ‘intolerable compliment.’ Over a sketch made idly to amuse a […]