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March 13, 2019

THIS PAST WEEKEND I participated in a funeral. In honor of his father's memory, a friend asked me to recite a prose poem I wrote years ago called "Love, Be Not A Stranger," from my 2002 recording, IN THE MOURNING, a collection of songs, poems, and prayers set to m...

March 3, 2019

" . . . [William Tyndale] whose name in early life, I am proud to say, was William Hychyns."

—Christopher Hitchens, VANITY FAIR, April 1, 2011

YOU AND I KNOW HIM AS WILLIAM TYNDALE, but he is also known by another name. In his OBEDIENCE OF A CHRISTIAN MAN (1528) he intro...

February 15, 2019

"I HAD CREATED AND LIVED within the great fiction of my life, that I was not faithful, nor capable of being faithful to anyone." Though my parents were married 56 years, from 1944 until my father's death, 16 January 2001, and though my brother married well (approaching...

December 29, 2018

No film can tell the whole story, but the realism and authenticity of MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS offers at least an image of the lovely but unlucky Mary, and with the star power of Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie to give it both sizzle and legitimacy.