Further Up

Esther O'Reilly
Notes from a Christian humanist
Created 23 Apr 2021
  • Only the Trying
    29 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 1
    Some people collect books. Others collect coins. Others collect butterflies. I collect things too, but I’m a little different. I collect stories. Specifically, for as long as I can remember, I’ve coll...
  • My Writing Year in Review
    27 Dec 2021 • 8 min read • 7 6
    I’ve been writing publicly in some form or other for about a decade now, but I can unhesitatingly say 2021 was my most fruitful and rewarding year yet. This is thanks to the generosity and encourageme...
  • Poem: A Prayer for Split Men
    23 Dec 2021 • 5 min read • 6 0
    Merry Christmas, or Happy Christmas, however you say it from where you’re reading this. I still have a couple more normal Substack-y things to kick out before the year ends, including a writing roundu...
  • Christmas, For the Time Being
    21 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 2
    Two years ago, I made my long overdue first acquaintance with W. H. Auden. I had long been a card-carrying T. S. Eliot fangirl and anticipated this would be a similar experience. I was not disappointe...
  • Clear as Glass
    13 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 0
    Stephen Glass had one rule: Don’t lie. Ever. About anything. And by anything, he really meant anything. It drove people nuts, this rule. When he would stop in the middle of a story, trying to remember...
  • Poem: Chalice
    10 Dec 2021 • 4 min read • 14 0
    Poet’s notes This past week marked the 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, a day which, we were told, would live in infamy. While it can’t fairly be said to have died yet, it is certainly advanced in ye...
  • Et in Hora Mortis
    28 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 8 6
    This past week, I got to be an onlooker to a small Twitter skirmish over the problem of proselytizing. It was originally sparked by the assertion that it’s terribly wrong for Christians to try to pros...
  • Gram
    27 Nov 2021 • 11 min read • 12 0
    My grandfather first noticed my grandmother in a Bible class taught by a professor named Dr. Luck. But he will tell you luck had nothing to do with it. The school was Moody Bible Institute, and the to...
  • Suffer the Little Children
    20 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 7 2
    I was glad for the opportunity to join the vicars of the Irreverend podcast the other day, mainly discussing COVID news in Europe and the states. We compared notes, lamented the general insanity, and ...
  • The Veteran Who Made Me a Journalist
    12 Nov 2021 • 11 min read • 12 1
    When I was eleven, I was a bit of a World War II nerd. Let me rephrase: I was a massive World War II dork. To give you an idea of how massive, until I got my own copies I would check out the book vers...
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