A week about profound things.
For the past year, photographer Elliot Ross has been photographing the life of Colorado wheat farmer Jim Mertens. His photographs, and Mertens’ life, tell a profound story. An equally profound story is the poem by Maureen Doallas, an elegy for the photographer Leila Alaoui killed by the terrorists who attacked the hotel in Burkino Faso.
A mom cares for terminally ill babies. Fear and remembering as a gift. A son’s eulogy for his mother. Good things. Profound things. It makes one grateful to be alive.
Forty-Three Years After Roe, Hope is Alive – Robert George at First Things.
My Eulogy for My Mother – Milton Brasher-Cunningham at Don’t Eat Alone.
The Gift of Fear and Remembering – Mick Silva.
Eight Lessons Christians Learn from Facing Trials of Many Kinds – Elizabeth Moyer at Faith, Work & Economics.
Art and Photography
The Textures of Winter – Tim Good at Arts by Tiwago.
The Reckoning Days – The Life of a Colorado Wheat Farmer – photo essay by Elliot Ross.
Jack Baumgartner and the School of the Transfer of Energy – Elizabeth Duffy at Image Journal.
Robert Wagner – D.S. Martin at Kingdom Poets.
“Elegy: #leilaalaoui” – Maureen Doallas at Rattle Magazine.
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Panic Attack – Megan Willome.
If I had no voice – Troy Cady at T(r)oy Marbles.
Are There Too Many Writing “Experts”? – Mike Duran at Novel Rocket.
The 100 Best Web Sites for Writers in 2016 – The Write Life.
In Praise of Avocational Writers – Alton Gansky at Novel Rocket.
7 Ways to Get Inspired – Mary Harwell Sayler at The Word Center.
Life and Culture
“The Big Fat Surprise”: How Science is Corrupted by Government Money and Government Process – Francis Menton at Manhattan Contrarian.
The Sky is Red – Rod Dreher at American Conservative.
Eltham Palace: Uncovering the Map Room – English Heritage.
Kitty in Boots: Who is the New Beatrix Potter Character? – BBC Radio 4 (video) (Hat Tip: Janet Young).
Shine on Us – Josh Wilson with a little help from his friends
(And if you look closely, you’ll see Brandon Heath, Andrew Peterson, Steven Curtis Chapman, and a few other familiar faces.)
Painting: Clause Monet reading a newspaper, oil on canvas by Pierre Auguste Renoir (1872); private collection.