Archive: May 2015



Developing a Summer Reading List

By Rebecca Reynolds

My parents often bought a particular mix of Christmas gifts for my brother and me. There would be: Read More ›

RR Interview: Sandra McCracken

By Matt Conner

You’ve mentioned your own personal practice of singing the Psalms in the last couple years, and I’d love to start there. Can you define that practice? Is that within a faith community? On your own? Read More ›

The Slow Growth of Ideas

By Chris Yokel

Writing is a process in which we discover what lives in us. The writing itself reveals what is alive.   -Henri Nouwen, “Theological Ideas in Education” Read More ›

Poesy, a Nosegay of Prose

By Lanier Ivester

It all began in the summer of 2008 when I hit a terrible slump with my writing. I would sit at my computer for hours at a time typing insipid sentences and immediately erasing them. I felt like I Read More ›

Drunk Mailman

By Jonathan Rogers

The drunkest man I ever saw was a mailman. I had gone down to the Echeconnee Creek with my fishing pole and was startled at the sight of him Read More ›

Tony Rice – Church Street Blues

By Ron Block

There are musicians who change the face and structure of a genre forever. In the 1940s through the 1960s, artists like Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Jimmy Martin, Reno & Smiley, the Country Read More ›

Finding Your Way to “Other Time”

By Doug McKelvey

As writers of fiction (or as creators in general, regardless of the medium¹) we sometimes invest our hours in maginations and discussions most ephemeral and transient: What are the ideal weights of Read More ›

Some Thoughts on Vocation

By Lanier Ivester

[Adapted from a session at Hutchmoot 2013, “The Art of Caring”]

If I’m not mistaken, it was Martin Luther who recovered the sense of “vocation” for general Read More ›

Field Notes for Writers, Episode 1: Nouns and Verbs, Adjectives and Adverbs

By Jonathan Rogers

[Editor’s note: Jonathan Rogers not only writes great books, tells humorous anecdotes, and wears bowties and seersucker suits, he also teaches literature at New College Franklin, teaches online Read More ›

A Character Story

By S. D. Smith

Some readers of The Green Ember, my first fantasy adventure novel for kids, found the ending to be a cliff-hanger. Some kids even shouted at their parents in frustration, “That is a horrible Read More ›

The Table and the Altar

By Heidi Johnston

I have always suspected that the simple act of eating together holds a deeper significance than we generally recognize. A few months ago a newspaper article outlining the impact of regular family Read More ›

Nick Flora Launches Kickstarter Campaign for 3 New EPs

By Nick Flora

[Nick Flora is well known around here, and he’s recently launched a new Kickstarter campaign. We asked him to drop by the Rabbit Room and tell us about it and here’s what he had to say. Click here to support Nick on Kickstarter.] Read More ›