Author Archives: Lydia

Candy Canes, Icing, and Emmanuel

We’re ten days into Advent. In our home, this means we have lots of little hands rearranging manger scenes–placing Mary with our spoons, Joseph on our piano, and various sheep and shepherds on our bathroom sink. It’s a wonder to me to think about the people represented in felted wool and plastic, these historical figures: […]

Welcome to Wonderland…You Don’t Belong Here

The modern world is insane, not so much because it admits the abnormal as because it cannot recover the normal.G.K. Chesterton Our modern world finds itself in a truth conundrum. Trapped between reality and autonomy, unable to move forward without a blow to pride or sinking into further delusion.  The mess of irrational truth claims […]

Did God Really Say? :On Wordy Seduction

We would rather be ruined than changedWe would rather die in our dread Than climb the cross of the momentAnd let our illusions die.W.H. Auden, The Age of Anxiety If you read enough history, crossing borders and centuries is a common thread: we love to take old ideas and make them seem new. We like to […]

The Geography of a Mob: A Poem

We painted Ru de la SantéBy guillotine.Scheunenvietel glittered with violence. We turned the soil of Choeung Ekto plant bonesMississippi trees bore strange fruit We turned Kigali sanctuaryto Tutsi cemetery.American streets are safer than her wombs. We are the riotous, genocidal lynchers.Map lines cross and change, blood-thirsty people stay the same. We shouted–crucify himwhen it was […]

Speak, Friend

Nothing in this world is harder than speaking truth, nothing easier than flattery.Fyodor Dostoevsky When I was a college intern, I had this idea that I would dread my hair and then shave it all off. I had a fair amount of people who told me this was a splendid plan, that I could “pull […]