Politics in the 1500s and Today

    John Calvin (born in France in 1509 and died in exile in Switzerland in 1564) had some interesting things to say about politics—thoughts with lessons for us today. I’ve been trying to understand the 1600s, and I’ve long believed that you can only...

The “War on Christmas”…Then and Now

    We hear a lot in this season about the “War on Christmas,” but today’s war is nothing like that of the 1600s. England Soon after the Puritan-controlled government executed King Charles I in 1649, they abolished Christmas observances in England. Puritans...

Imposter Syndrome in Art and Life

  There is a well-known story involving an audience member asking a poet who just read one of her poems, “Is that a real poem or did you just make that up?” This fall at the end of the poetry seminar that I took with Andrea Hollander, the subject of feeling like...