Author Archives: lsimonds

The Waves and Wind Still Know His Name

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. … Continue reading

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Vanity

(This essay was originally posted in July 2016) “Writing is very silly business at best.” John Steinbeck I can’t say it any better than Mr. Steinbeck. Recently, I’ve thought about what my answer would be if I were asked, “Why … Continue reading

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Unpacking Prose

“…I asked novelists…what it felt like when they went into a novel. None of them wanted to know what I meant by into.” Margaret Atwood, Negotiating with the Dead One of the unnamed novelists who were asked this question said … Continue reading

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The Benefits Package

Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems … Continue reading

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The World According to…

There’s a saying about being in a room that’s so small you have to step outside to change your mind. That old saw pretty much sums up the theme of the speech, This is Water, that David Foster Wallace gave … Continue reading

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Own It

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18 I used to think it sounded “better” when someone said they … Continue reading

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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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