The Bigger Reason We Enjoy the Shire

The Bigger Reason We Enjoy the Shire

Brilliant flowers. Colorful fruits and vegetables. Impressive rocks. During the 1970s and early 1980s, three gorgeous gardens graced my grandparents’ backyard. In the center of their fenced lawn stood a young, flourishing tree. As children of summertime, my cousins and I romped our way into every manner of adventure in their yard. We climbed the…

Tolkien’s Christmas Joy

Tolkien’s Christmas Joy

I puzzle throughout December: “Is all of our holiday stress a recent-days phenomenon?” And in my most reflective moments, I ask, “Is there any way to find deeper joy in December’s rush and push?” J.R.R. Tolkien loved Christmas. He was so fond of Yuletide that beginning in 1920, he crafted an annual Father Christmas letter…