Second Acts

F. Scott Fitzgerald remarked that there are no second acts in American lives. But then he didn‚Äôt know about e-publishing. 

In 1991, W.W. Norton published my first novel, The Wives’ Tale. It was well reviewed; it made back its modest advance; it got translated into German and Dutch; it was republished as a trade paperback; it got optioned a few times by various directors who thought they might like to make a movie out of it (though none of them did). And then, like most books, it gradually faded from view.

What Is "Fundamentalism" and Who Is a "Fundamentalist"? blog by Roger Olsen, PhD.

Dr. Olsen says: "I am a Christian theologian of the evangelical Baptist persuasion. I am also a proud Arminian! And I’m influenced by Pietism. Minnesota is my home state and I have lived in Iowa, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Germany and now Texas. My current professional status since 1999 is Professor of Theology at George W.

Peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers needed

"The plain fact is that the planet does not need more 'successful' people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every shape and form. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these needs have little to do with success as our culture has defined it."

~David Orr

A Robber Meets Julio Diaz, a Compassionate Person

When Julio Diaz stepped off the New York City subway platform after work one night, he was simply planning to walk over to his favorite local diner for a meal. But when a teenage boy approached him with a knife blade gleaming in his fist, Diaz, a 31-year-old social worker, knew the evening was about to take a more dramatic turn.

The young man demanded Diaz's wallet, and Diaz passed it over without objection. But just as his mugger turned to walk away, Diaz called after him: "Hey, wait a minute. You forgot something."

The mugger turned around, surprised.