On Holidays, Hope, and Home

At the end of The Return of the King (the novel version), Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin, have gone through an extraordinary adventure to save the world and look forward to returning to the comfort of home. As the Hobbits enter the Shire, however, the evil wizard Saruman has conquered it and everything is black…

Why I Write About Good People

She leaned her chin on her elbow and watched through the window. Being asked to be the heroine of a novel was quite an honor, but she found herself quite ordinary. Her wardrobe was made of second-hand dresses she had repaired. Both her parents were alive and well. There was no dashing hero on a…

How You Can Help After Hurricane Harvey

For all our disagreements as a nation, the citizens of the United States are good at one thing: Stepping up when there is a natural disaster. Over the past week, as Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath has flooded, destroyed homes, and shut down throughout Southeast Texas, there has been an outpouring of charity from throughout…