Betsy Robinson, author of funny literary stories about flawed people, is a perpetual seeker of truth.

From books to music to theater and fine art, from online TV to DVDs, this blog takes a look at current culture through a spiritual perspective — with a touch of humor.

Materials under the "review" tag are a mix of free review copies (books, DVDs, etc.) in exchange for a review, to library copies, to materials and tickets I've paid for.


A Really Bad Hair Day (Feb. 13 blog)

The Art of Collapsing (Feb. 6 blog)

Life is only temporary says Evan Handler (Jan. 28 blog)

The New World of Finance (Jan. 28 blog)

All about growing up in a cult (April 16 blog)

Fierce Giving (Jan. 8 blog)

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Notes from a Crusty Seeker

Godly Wonder

October 30, 2009

Tags: compassionate wisdom, healing, fun

I’m high! I’m drunk with beauty! I’m over the moon!

This morning I took a three-hour walk in the park. It is the Friday before the New York City Marathon, and people are everywhere, speaking every language on the planet, excited to be in one another’s company.

They are preparing to run, preparing to watch, preparing to be supportive.

They are playing and exercising,

talking,and trying to make money,

and getting lost.

And they’re all beautiful.

In an article called “Reclaiming Godly Wonder,” in the new issue of Reflections, Yale Divinity School’s journal, author Thomas H. Troeger writes:

“Godly wonder means for me a state of prayerful astonishment awakened by the Spirit of God through the experience of beauty.”

Funny how beauty inspires astonishment, which inspires gratitude. Gratitude that I get to be a tourist, witnessing the most remarkable beauty, in the city where I live.


  1. October 30, 2009 9:47 PM EDT
    I'm with you, Betsy -- this is an awesome universe!
    - Brent Robison

Selected Works

Big Moose Prize-winning novel
a funny, sometimes sad, story of negotiating life without a clue

New on Kindle--a funny book for foodies who are committed to self-change through self-awareness
an epistolary memoir ... sort of
A funny and moving little book for anyone who's had a mother or struggled with being human.
anthology of stories and plays
includes Darleen Dances and stories below

1-act play

short story
the problem with worrying about the future

true story
Why I don't believe in death.

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