Why “Bendable Light”?

Bendable Light

Bendable Light

Jerry Spinelli’s youth novel Stargirl bears some resemblance to Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Idiot, but is written for youth and set in an American high school, not 19th century Russia. This is nearer to the point than you may appreciate at first glance, but still not quite the point.

The point is that in Chapter 20 the narrator says of Stargirl, “She was bendable light: she shone around every corner of my day.”

Some habits and principles seem to send their light around the corners of our lives, lighting the way ahead, even when we cannot see the light directly. For me, and I think for humanity generally, faith and the arts are among these.

I add writing and reading, because they feed the rest — and because I enjoy both in themselves.

Hence “Bendable Light,” a gathering place for thoughts — mostly mine — on these subjects and others which shine their light into my life.

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