Author Archives: lsimonds

Mincing Words (and Writers)

“There’s an epigram tacked to my office bulletin board, pinched from a magazine: ‘Wanting to meet a writer because you like his work is like wanting to meet a duck because you like pâté.’” Margaret Atwood, Negotiating with the Dead … Continue reading

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Souls on Board

“Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, And the spirit will return to God who gave it.”                                       … Continue reading

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A Writer’s Womb

INTERVIEWER You start with a character in mind. Does that character change as you go along? Take Sophie’s Choice for example.   STYRON There’s a scene near the beginning of Sophie’s Choice about Sophie’s childhood in Poland, and she begins to talk about … Continue reading

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More Where That Came From

[The poem] “Mythopoeia” was inspired by the 19 September 1931 conversation in which [J.R.R.] Tolkien and [Hugo] Dyson convinced [C.S.] Lewis that the Christian story is a myth that “really happened.”…This conversation changed the course of Lewis’s life. It also … Continue reading

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Heart to Heart

Clarissa takes one of Richard’s hands in hers. She is surprised, even now, at how frail it is—how palpably it resembles a bundle of twigs. He says, “Here we are. Don’t you think?” “Pardon me?” “We’re middle-aged and we’re young … Continue reading

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Love The One You’re With

Tribe. n. a group of persons having a common character, occupation, or interest “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” Romans 12:18 ESV I recently enjoyed the company of a three year old for a few … Continue reading

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Unnecessary Wear and Tear

“To me, it’s all about perceptions, perceptions about life or human nature or the way something looks or the way something sounds. Two or three of them on a page in a notebook, that’s what it’s really all about. Getting … Continue reading

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Pray Without Ceasing

“The captive exile hastens, that he may be loosed, that he should not die in the pit, and that his bread should not fail.” Isaiah 51:14 I’ve had a few recurring dreams. One in particular is very disturbing, and I’m … Continue reading

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The Weary World Rejoices

“For we know that the whole creation groans together and travails in pain together until now.” Romans 8:22, Darby Translation “It was, of course, the memory of Sophie and Nathan’s long-ago plunge that set loose this flood [of tears], but … Continue reading

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Lord of Creation

A Psalm of David The heavens declare the glory of God,     and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech,     and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words,     whose … Continue reading

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Stock-In-Trade

Stock-in-trade: something that someone or something does or makes very well and often. So I bought this stock a few years ago. It seemed like a sure thing. The company was developing a technology that might revolutionize early treatment of … Continue reading

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Venom

Your lips, O my spouse, Drip as the honeycomb; Honey and milk are under your tongue; And the fragrance of your garments Is like the fragrance of Lebanon.                   Song of Songs … Continue reading

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