As far back as I can remember, I’ve loved stories. Before I even learned to read, I would flip through picture books and try to decipher the tales captured in their illustrations. I would gaze at pages and wonder how their words might fit with a book cover image. My fascination with story-telling wasn’t limited…

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This past Sunday, my wife and I were watching Mass on Facebook Live. The presider, Jim McDermott, S.J., offered a prayer of gratitude for artists and creative individuals for “trying to help us and nourish us” amid the ongoing pandemic.   Just like many housebound Americans, I find myself reading more books, watching more movies, and…

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Earlier this month, I sat down with Matt Russell, Executive Director, Iowa Interfaith Power & Light, to discuss his organization’s work to change the narrative surrounding farmers and climate change. Matt’s own farm, Coyote Run Farm, has become a de facto political stop for presidential candidates in Iowa.

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Recently, I sat down with author and photographer Chris Arnade to discuss his book Dignity: Seeking Respect in Back Row America. We talked about inequality, class, and, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic. The ongoing public health emergency has revealed fissures and stress points throughout our society. One key disparity between social classes is an absence…

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