If there are consequences for sin, they are not impersonal; our doctrine of Providence requires it. There is, therefore, no easy distinction between punishment for sin and “natural consequences” for sin.
I reserved my disdain
At the pickup counter
all they had left was a subcompact.
Making a home is very different than building a home.
And then you have to keep it.
“A home, if you can keep it,” Deborah Franklin explained, when
Ben gestured to a bit of embroidery
hanging in the parlor.
of at least two
moments in time
Points “rest” on
points in time
No, because we are
all shut-ins here.
I have windows
when I could stop up the chimney
after the swallows leave and
before they return next spring
to eat our mosquitoes.
fields to the edges.
for the pressure in my head.
It takes a doctor’s note
to buy Sudafed.
What responsibility do the literate bear to articulate words clearly so that the illiterate will at least learn to speak correctly? How many people say “I seen” simply because someone literate mumbled “I’ve seen?”
We frequently reserve the greatest disdain for those who openly own the sins we privately commit.
Making a constant practice of criticizing oneself teaches one to be critical of others. Most flaws are common among men and in learning always to see your own imperfections you learn to see them in others. And then you are likely to add pride to this if the flaw you see in another is one you have found a technique to solve.
Saying that Lacroix sparkling water contains “roach poison” because it contains linalool, is like saying tonic water contains “malaria poison” because it contains quinine.
In his review essay of Brian Garner’s Dictionary of Modern American Usage, David Foster Wallace describes a particular critic as having a “styptic wit.” This is a wonderful expression describing what must be a wit that is capable of drying up any sanguinity in the hearer or target.