An Artist’s Prayer

O Great Creator, We are gathered together in your name That we may be of greater service to you And to our fellows. We offer ourselves to you as instruments. We open ourselves to your creativity in our lives. We surrender to you our old ideas. We welcome your new and more expansive ideas. We … Continue reading An Artist’s Prayer

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A Conversation with Ann Patchett and Elizabeth Gilbert

One of the (many) perks of living in Nashville is the frequent opportunity to connect with the literary world in general and some of my favorite writers in particular. Yesterday I had the privilege of sitting in on a conversation between Ann Patchett and Elizabeth Gilbert at the Nashville Public Library Literary Award Public Lecture … Continue reading A Conversation with Ann Patchett and Elizabeth Gilbert

He smiles gently, a twinkle in his eye.

I stand in line at the library, waiting my turn to speak with a librarian. The older man in line in front of me is taking thick hardcover books from the bag strapped to the back of his wife's wheelchair and stacking them up one by one onto the front desk counter. I count fourteen … Continue reading He smiles gently, a twinkle in his eye.

How to Win Friends and Influence People: My Year of Reading (Week 17)

This week I read How to Win Friends and Influence People, published in 1936 and written by Dale Carnegie. A friend and I have been talking about the idea of there being a list of books that everyone be required to read just to get to be a person in the world. I would put … Continue reading How to Win Friends and Influence People: My Year of Reading (Week 17)