Chris Naffziger is a St. Louis photographer who’s been posting his images of St. Louis for quite a few years now. His aim has been to capture the neighborhoods and architecture of the city, particularly the architecture that’s endangered. He occasionally comes out to St. Louis County (where I live), and then crosses the river to Illinois. He also visits Italy. This past week. He’s been in Iowa, and he captured images of four small towns that tell you a lot about small-town life, Iowa, the Midwest, and America: Oelwein, Fayette, West Union, and Clermont.
It seems to have become a national pastime – harassing people you disagree with at restaurants, sports events, walking down the street, etc. Jon Mertz at Thin Difference talks about the dangers of “Stick It to the Man.”
We live in the Age of Science, and we believe, or have been led to believe, that science has all the answers. Except when it doesn’t. Scott Watkins ran into a problem science couldn’t answer – the chronic illness of his wife.
They’re some of the most common statements by Christian writers: “God called me to be a writer,” or “God called me to write this book.” Well, that could be true. I don’t make those claims with any of my books, and I’ve never said that about 50+ years of writing. Literary agent Rachelle Gardner frequently runs into those statements in query letters from writers trying to sell their books, and she writes about it in “God told me to write this post.”
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Painting: The Reader, oil on canvas by Harold Knight (1910).