Essays & Articles

Here you’ll find a collection of some of my essays, nonfiction magazine articles, as well as random reflections (collected under “Letters in Glass Bottles”).

Apr 202013
Home on the River

Soon as it was night, out we shoved; when we got her out to about the middle, we let her alone, and let her float wherever the current wanted her to. . .. Yonder was the banks and the islands, across the water, and sometimes on the water you could see a spark or two—on a raft or scow, you know; and maybe you could hear a fiddle or a song coming over from one of them crafts. —from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain   IT IS DUSK ON THIS WILD STRETCH of the Mississippi between the […]

 April 20, 2013  No Responses »
Mar 252013
The Catholic Worker is a Fool

Anyone who has ever joined the Winona Catholic Worker as a live-in volunteer has inevitably had The Conversation with his or her family and other relatives. With surprisingly few exceptions, the announcement that one is about to join the Catholic Worker sets off alarm bells. But how can we blame them for their furrowed brows and doubtful looks? Let’s imagine for a moment that you’re the brand-new live-in volunteer, breaking the news to your family. Remember the great expectations that your family had for you? Because “you have so much potential,” you know! And now you’re announcing your intentions to […]

 March 25, 2013  No Responses »