What We Pray to Ourselves For Is Always Granted

Today's it's a cliche to say: Be Careful What You Pray For; in fact (in the movies at least) you can see God Himself explaining the concept. But 150 years ago, one of this nation's greatest writers formulated a similar thought with far more care and thoughtfulness. Wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson (in The Conduct ofContinue reading “What We Pray to Ourselves For Is Always Granted”

The Secret Blogger of the 19th Century (and Emily)

Some people (including James Wolcott) put Ralph Waldo Emerson at the top of the list of America’s greatest writers. Read his journals and you’ll see why: Emerson talking to himself outshines even the greatest of today’s bloggers with apparent ease. Which is why, on this day, the occasion of my youngest daughter’s 18th birthday, I’mContinue reading “The Secret Blogger of the 19th Century (and Emily)”