The book of Lionel is the story of a man doing his best to live in accordance with God’s word. But the adversary, otherwise known as Satan, identifies a glaring blunder in God’s moral management of his creation. If a man favors one of his children over the others, and this child favors him over … Read more

Meeting minutes 1

A card that’s laid is a card that’s played. God: Good morning, everybody. Please, be seated. We are gathered here today to open case number 4,022,785,102. Peter, can we get the details on the subject? Peter, breaking the seal on a large manilla envelope and pulling out a thin stack of papers. Sir, the subject’s … Read more

Winter Waters

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. – Psalm 23, psalm of David Before you could be the swimmer cannonballing free and naked into the peaceful waters of a pool without agitating the surface much at … Read more

Beaux gosses

Do what you’re told, and everything will be all right. – Norman Jewison It’s the dog. It’s Bruce. You must confess, you just don’t like him that much. Your sister Julie agrees with you that the drooling is pretty gross. “But a guy’s gotta fart,” she says. You don’t laugh. Maybe someday you will find … Read more

Happy birthday, Fanny Fox!

It’s never too late to be what you might have been. – George Elliot Years from now, long after you are dead, a world-famous art historian will discover your body of work and write a 573-page internationally best-selling book about it. “This piece,” he’ll write about Autoportrait de l’artiste, “was painted on 16 December 2021 … Read more

Room for two

All things make sense; you just have to fathom how they make sense. – Piers Anthony Why does a single woman moving from Brooklyn to Providence take a two-story apartment with double the amount of space she and her little beagle need? Two full bathrooms are certainly not necessary, especially for someone who would rather … Read more