I haven’t blogged since January, but not regularly since, oh, over a year ago. It feels like it’s time to get back to it. I need–and appreciate–the discipline that regular posting brings. So I’m starting a new, fresh blog. And this time I’m not completely anonymous, which will be a little weird for me.
I remember becoming acutely aware of the web of connections across academic disciplines. It was sometime in high school, and I was mind-blown. It all intersected! And Madeleine L’Engle created a web of interdependence in her novels, and I was giddy to discover it. The awareness and awe only intensified in college–this philosophy class and that lit course and even psychology and biology and history and, what, math, too? They all converse with one another, and no sooner did we learn something in one class than it mysteriously cropped up in another one! When I became an Anglican, suddenly all of the connections among what I had read all of my life–Madeleine L’Engle, C.S. Lewis, Shakespeare–deepened and clarified. And my fitting response, to borrow one of Annie Lamott’s prayers, was, “Wow!” As a teacher, I get to shepherd and prod students into also seeing and beginning to appreciate those correspondences and overlaps. I get to watch the seed of thrill dawn on their faces, and it connects us.
Since attending a C.S. Lewis themed writing conference earlier this month, I have to report that the correspondences and alignments are flying faster than I can process them. God’s got a bit of a sense of humor–kind of a dry wit, if you ask me–and he seems to find no end of fun in blanketing me with echoes and repeats and threads that are running through multiple conversations in different worlds. In short, he’s laying it on thick. And I’ve finally shut up and started to listen. Hence the name of this blog–the intersections, crisscrosses, and parallels seem worth exploring.
Another connection: I was prompted to start my very first (and only, till now) blog by Madeleine L’Engle’s passing into glory. It seems fitting to start this new one on the birthday she and C.S. Lewis shared.
Appreciate anyone who joins me on this journey.