Red and Yellow, Black and White

Red and Yellow, Black and White—Write Right

I still remember the words from a children’s song learned many, many years ago.

Jesus loves the little children,

All the children of the world.

Red and yellow, black and white,

They are precious in his sight.

Jesus loves the little children

Of the world.

I remember teaching the song, too, as a fifteen-year-old corralling a group of ten to twelve preschoolers. Perhaps simplistic words, but they contain truth. Jesus loves all the children, all the people, of the world. He loves them, regardless of skin tone or what they have or have not done. He loves them, and he wants me to love them, too.

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F is for Flibbertigibbet

F is for Flibbertigibbet—Write RightFlibbertigibbet sounds like “bibbidi-bobbidi-boo” or “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” The sound is appropriate, considering that flibbertigibbet means a silly or flighty person. All three phrases convey a sense of the nonsensical and the downright “atrocious.” (Thank you, Mary Poppins.)

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SXSW 2018 or Bust

SXSW 2018 or Bust—Write Right

Friends, family, countrymen, lend me your ears. Hmm. Wait. That’s not quite right. I’m not in a Shakespeare play. However, I still ask you to lend me your ears because I need your help to return to SXSW.

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Sustainable Art

Sustainable Art—Write Right“There are different questions that an aspiring artist can ask.

“One question is, ‘What must I do to be famous?’

“This question will open up a writer to all manner of destructive forces both within and without. We’ve all seen it play out.

“A different question, and one asked much less often is, ‘What must I do to make this sustainable?’

“Songwriting, painting, acting, writing—these are all crafts that one can practice over the course of a lifetime. You can get better — grow — for a long, long time.”

— Linford Detweiler, Over the Rhine

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Jack and Write Right Went Up a Hill to Fetch a Pail of Water

Write Right Went Up a Hill

How to be a Better Writer: Invite the Muse

How to be a Better Writer: Invite the Muse—Write Right“What I try to do is write. I may write for two weeks ‘the cat sat on the mat, that is that, not a rat.’ And it might be just the most boring and awful stuff. But I try. When I’m writing, I write. And then it’s as if the muse is convinced that I’m serious and says, ‘Okay. Okay. I’ll come.’” — Maya Angelou

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Twelve Young Adult Fantasy Novels to Read as an Adult

Young Adult Fantasy Novels to Read as an Adult — Write Right

Some books fail to transcend the young adult fantasy genre. Others differ. Because of that — or maybe because I simply desire a good story, language, and imagery — I try to not to pay too much attention to whether I’m reading “young adult” or “adult” novels.

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Write Right Knows the Muffin Man

Write Right Knows the Muffin Man

E is for Enigma

E is for Enigma — Write Right

“It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key.” — Winston Churchill

It’s unfair to use Churchill’s enigma quote out of context. In context, Churchill is speaking of Russia and his uncertainty about how Russia will act. As such, his words contain broader implications; many situations leave a person wondering how events will unfold and people will behave.Continue Reading

Why Art Matters for the Church

Why Art Matters for the Church — Write Right

Art often proves a subject difficult to pin down—the butterfly refusing to be caught in a net or pinned to the board. It flutters about the room, bumping against lamps and windows. Its would-be captors stare at it and query, “What is it?”Continue Reading