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Contemplate the season of Advent with poetry by Jessica Powers and William Butler Yeats! Lori and Alice will discuss two poems that cast Mary in a very different light. How would you respond in her place? LISTEN NOW!

It’s possible that you just now happen across poet Marie Howe! There is no way this poem can be read only once! Lori Strawn and Alice Shelton look forward to discussing what might have REALLY been happening in Eves head […]

How does a man go from atheist to cloistered monk? What makes an ordinary person a saint? Lori and Alice discuss Thomas Merton’s best-selling biography of his spiritual journey, with reflections on suffering, human nature and lots more. If a […]

Are we a product of the stories we create about our own lives? Do our memories change over time? Are we active participants in our own lives or do things just happen to us?  Join Lori and Alice’s discussion of […]

What can a man who claims to believe in nothing tell us about faith? Why do people want religion spoon-fed to them? Lori Strawn and Alice Shelton tackle these and many other topics as they explore the dark world of […]

In honor of veterans, Lori and Alice selected the well known and loved poem by John McCrae,  “In Flanders Field”. The imagery and structure of this work provide lots of opportunity for discussing and questioning! LISTEN NOW!

It is easy to see God in nature — the beauty, the intricacy. Now consider: 10% of all the world’s species are parasitic insects. They live by causing death and sickness to other creatures. What kind of God resides in […]

Most of us know the story of the Good Samaritan, but have you ever thought about what it takes to be that person? On today’s show, Lori Strawn and Alice Shelton contemplate and discuss e.e. Cummings’ trenchant poem “A Man […]

We all have our favorite places to hide and seek in the world’s most wonderful piece of literature – the Bible!  Today Lori Strawn and Alice Shelton share their thoughts and responses to the Beatitudes from the Gospel of St. […]

“Glory be to God for dappled things”…so begins Hopkins’ sublime and thoughtful ode to the types of things most poets avoid — the imperfect, the strange, the ordinary. Where can we find God in those things about ourselves that we’d […]