Grace in the Profane

“My stories are about characters trying to find grace in profane scenarios. Because that’s what real life is like.” ~R. Leo Olson.

Quotes of Affinity

A Warning to My Readers:
Do not think me gentle because I speak in praise of gentleness,
or elegant because I honor the grace that keeps this world.
I am a man crude as any, gross of speech, intolerant, stubborn, angry,
full of fits and furies.
That I may have spoken well at times,
is not natural.
A wonder is what it is.
-Wendell Barry
Life is grace. Sleep is forgiveness. The night absolves. Darkness wipes the slate clean, not spotless to be sure, but clean enough for another day’s chalking.
-Frederick Buechner

When Dostoevsky met Dickens in 1862A meeting that is hard to imagine —
Dickens explained that there were two people inside him, “one who feels as he ought to feel and one who feels the opposite.” Out of these two people he constructed his universe of characters, good and evil.
Dostoevsky’s comment –
“Only two people?” he asked.’

Stand at the brink of despair, and when you see that you cannot bear it anymore, draw back a little, and have a cup of tea.
-Elder Sophrony of Essex

If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.
-Oscar Wilde

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