For this morning’s walk: There’s an amazing freedom that surfaces when you realize it’s not about you. And such freedom is a tremendous gift. Shout out to FX Networks version of “A Christmas Carol.” Merry Christmas!

I hope you enjoy time with family this holiday week. In the new year I’ll have a number of events for the Alma College MFA in Creative Writing featuring readings by our excellent faculty and information for how to apply to graduate school. You can follow the MFA’s page on Facebook for the most up to date information. I’d love to see you there!

If you haven’t done so already, don’t forget to check out Craft Talks, an ingenious new project created by novelist Ann Hood. It’s six writers including Ann, Bill Roorbach, Andre Dubus III, John Searles, Laura Lippman, and myself offering classes to help novelists at home writing. Craft Talks offers unlimited access to the six craft talks. Regular membership is $300 for unlimited access to all six craft talks. Our website is: Please check it out! Class is about to begin!

A reminder: My next book, The Seeker and the Monk: Everyday Conversations with Thomas Merton, can now be pre-ordered! You can use this link to order from the publisher, Broadleaf Books (group discounts available). You can also order it from wherever books are sold. I loved writing this book. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it.

Be well and I’ll see you soon,