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Nancy Lecourt

Get Lost

I gave my sister-in-law a scarf this Christmas—a beautiful silk scarf I had bought for her at Grace Cathedral: a print of the Rose Window, in deep blues and reds.

After she thanked me for it, she said, “Did I ever tell you about the time I was living near Sacramento and agreed to meet my sister at Grace Cathedral, so we could spend the day together? I got up very early in the morning, before sunrise, and went to the station to get the bus to San Francisco. I rode along sleepily in the dark for a while, but eventually the sun came up—and I realized that I had forgotten my glasses!”

The Watermelons of Generosity

When I was very small, two or three years old perhaps, my mother would put me in a play pen on the back lawn, under a tree, and give me sweet slices of fresh peach. As I grew up, she always tried to have a ripe white peach from the garden for me on my birthday in early May in southern California. Peaches are still my favorite fruit. And my earliest memory is of sun through leaves, of that sweet moment of anticipation.

Pride and Prejudice and Patriarchs

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen (or her characters) may be called upon to provide wit and wisdom on nearly any topic.  (“Wisdom is better than wit, and in the long run will certainly have the laugh on her side.”)  She offers her opinion on many subjects of interest to Adventists, including health food (“It's been many years since I had such an exemplary vegetable.”), the beauty of Nature (“What are men to rocks and mountains?”), and dancing(“Every savage can dance.”) But can the estimable Miss Austen shed light on the lov

Please Join Me in a Wild Rumpus


Picture books are not simply books with pictures: they are a delicate interactive fusion of text and image that ceases to have meaning if one or the other is removed. This interaction of text and image is repeated in the interaction of adult reader and child listener. The best picture books include this relationship as part of the meaning-making experience: the presence of the child listener, cuddled up beside the loving adult reader, is implied as part of the dramatic performance that makes up the experience that is the picture book.

Divine Comedy: A Review of "Grace (Eventually)"


Anne Lamott should have been born Adventist. If she had chosen her parents more carefully, she could have had a lot more material for her comic gift. As it is, she has to try to find humor in being raised by earnest, left-leaning, humanist liberals. Don’t get me wrong. It’s funny. Anne can’t not be funny. But imagine if she had vegefood, grand marches, weird jewelry rules, founding fathers with mustacheless beards, and boarding academies to write about! Ah, the possibilities…

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