For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been obsessed. Pretty much every spare moment I’ve had has been spent studying, reading about, and wrestling with a particular story from the Hebrew Bible: Jehu’s rebellion in 2 Kings 9-10. A strange thing for me to be obsessing over, I know. It’s a violent mess of a … Continue reading Stories Matter.
Endings are arbitrary and illusory. “The End” is never really the end. Just think of most of our conventional story endings: the guy gets the girl, the hero saves the day, “they lived happily ever after,” and the underdog comes out on top — none of these are actual endings at all: the guy may … Continue reading Endings (A reflection on Mark 16)
I recently marked the fifth anniversary of my arrival in Toronto. Naturally, this means I've been doing a fair bit of reflecting on this time in my life. If I'm honest, the whole experience has been a mixed bag. When I commented on the anniversary on Facebook, I referred to the past five years as … Continue reading Questions
Continuing on the narrative kick I’ve been on lately, this week’s practice turns from looking at the wisdom we can find in literature to the potential and pitfalls of the stories we tell ourselves from moment to moment. BackgroundPaying attention to the narratives in our heads is nothing new. It is for example the basis … Continue reading The story I’m telling myself is …
I’ve been thinking a lot about narrative again lately. Partly this is because I’ve been in a run of excellent novels. Partly it’s because of the ‘Fiction as a Sacred Text’ practice from last week. But also, particularly this week, a number of books, podcasts, and other media (particularly the truly remarkable Nanette) have in … Continue reading Owning Your Story (Or, the Best Date I’ve Ever Had)