Category Archives: The Long Story

A Bit on Meaning

I’ve been thinking a lot about  meaning these last few weeks, these last few days in particular.  It seems to me that meaning comes from many different sources: God, family, friendship, and work, to name a few.  It also seems … Continue reading

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The Times of Your Life

Yesterday was “Christ the King” Sunday in many churches across the world (though many other churches across America probably celebrated Thanksgiving early instead).  As I understand it, the day is a comparatively recent addition to the liturgical calendar.  The Sunday … Continue reading

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“Rooftop to the Basement”

Twenty years on and I still feel there’s something deeply precious about this song.  Precious maybe isn’t the right word.  It captures something real and particular and fragile.  It’s a good marker and reminder for me.

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Like Yesterday, but with Better Resolution

Looks like U2 will be dropping more goodies between now and the 20th anniversary re-release of All That You Can’t Leave Behind.  Here’s a cleaned up clip of the band performing “Beautiful Day” from Boston in 2001.  The heart-shaped stage … Continue reading

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Reconsiderations

One of the things that a longer break can allow for is a certain amount of reflection and reconsideration.  That’s something needed for Our Current Moment, I think.  So much of the last six months has been about trying to … Continue reading

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Walking into the Break

Playing this one going into the break.  It’s a remastered version of “Walk On” in celebration of the 20th anniversary re-release of All That You Can’t Leave Behind.  Definitely makes you feel old.  And while it’s one of my favorites, … Continue reading

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When Things Go Nineteen

Thanks to Stephen King, I always notice when the number 18 pops up.  Like in this new Frazz comic strip by Jef Mallet at gocomics.com.

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20 Years Stuck in a Moment

Dang.  It’s been twenty years since U2 released All That You Can’t Leave Behind.  To “celebrate” the moment, the band is reissuing the album with two editions with all kinds of extras.  Look for at least one of them to … Continue reading

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“The Soil for Unexpected Good”

About fifty letters into The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien edited by Humphrey Carpenter we get a series of letters to Tolkien’s third son, Christopher.  The letters move back and forth wonderfully and soberingly between the events of World … Continue reading

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Gospel and Church, Mold and Platform

In his survey of failing institutions in American life, Yuval Levin writes about the church in the “close to home” section (which also includes the family and community organizations.  While he writes about the loss of authority of the Catholic … Continue reading

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