Sami Kadah: Beautiful Poetry from Inside Autism

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by John Ellis

I get paid to write, but I’m under no delusion that I am a great writer. Frequently, I’ll read something on the New Yorker, in the Wall Street Journal, or on The Atlantic, not to mention the many books at my fingertips, and think, “That’s beautiful; I could’ve never written that.” And I’m ok with it. Really, I am. I dry my tears with the deposit slips I get from the bank after cashing my paycheck.

My ok-ness with my mediocrity as a writer doesn’t mean that I don’t love and value great writing, though. And I’m always thankful whenever anyone points me in the direction of a beautiful writer who knows how to use words in ways that I don’t. Just today, on Twitter, Charles Murray, the much loved and hated social scientist and writer, introduced me to a writer named Sami Kadah.

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Catching Up

2.-Writing-furiouslyby John Ellis

It has been almost two weeks since I’ve published anything on this blog. However, that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been publishing articles at all; the two things are connected.

Two weeks ago, I was given a promotion, of sorts, at PJ Media. On top of my eight to twelve regular articles a month, I am now tasked with writing ten short-ish, news-type articles for the Faith section. It’s been quite an adjustment to my schedule (it’s also come at a time when my pastor has given me more responsibilities in my job as a staff member at my church).

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The Most Popular Posts on A Day In His Courts

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by John Ellis

When I was a kid, I loved baseball cards. Specifically, I loved looking at the stats on the back of the baseball cards. I still know Andre Dawson’s stat line from 1987: 49 homers and 137 RBI’s, leading the league in both, while batting .287. I also used to love to construct imaginary stat lines for, well, myself for when I would inevitably play for my beloved Chicago Cubs. I would usually give myself a twenty-one or twenty-two year career. Of course, by the time my career was ended, I had set MLB records for hits, runs, doubles, triples, home runs, RBI’s, batting average, on base percentage, and, obviously, golden gloves won (I would also create stats for my lengthy career as a pitcher). That love of looking at numbers and playing with numbers has never left me.

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Bob Jones University, Abercrombie & Fitch, and PJ Media

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by John Ellis

This month marks a year since I was hired as a staff writer for PJ Media. For those who are unfamiliar with PJ Media, the website is a medium sized political news and opinion site – from a deeply conservative perspective, to be clear. Over the last couple of years, the site has expanded to include Faith, Lifestyle, and Parenting sections. I was initially hired to write for the Faith and Lifestyle sections, but over the last year, I have been given the opportunity to branch out and write about politics and parenting, too.

But what does my time with PJ Media have to do with Bob Jones University and Abercrombie & Fitch (which is probably the reason the majority of the readers clicked on this article to begin with)? Well, change. Specifically, change in me.

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My Favorite Articles of 2016

journal-writingby John Ellis

Between this blog and PJ Media, I wrote almost 150 articles, well over a quarter of a million words, and have had millions of people read what I’ve written over the last twelve months. I have been mocked and excoriated by NPR, The Village Voice, and Richard Dawkins’ website, to list three out of many. In terms of writing, 2016 has been a banner year for me[1]. I praise God for that, and look forward to continuing my writing for as long as He allows. As I begin the new year, and taking a page from other blogs and sites, I’m going to rank my articles. Unlike most other sites, though, I’m not going to rank my articles by popularity; I’m going to rank my articles based on my affection for them. Below are the sixteen articles that I’m am most proud of having written this past year[2].

Thank you for reading, both here at A Day In His Court and at PJ Media. If there are any topics that you think that I should tackle in 2017, please let me know.

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5 Things I’ve Learned About Writing

daily-writingby John Ellis

It hasn’t been quite two months since I began writing for PJ Media. In that time, I’ve had eleven articles and over fifteen-thousand words published (not a lot, yet, I know); hundreds of strangers have informed me that I’m an idiot and a terrible writer, while hundreds more have sung hyperbolic praises to me. During the past two-(ish) months, friends have encouraged me and “friends” have discouraged me. I’ve agonized over the realization that “I don’t have a good pitch for this week!” And, thankfully, I’ve thrilled as articles took off and resonated with more people than I had hoped. Combined with my time as a columnist with No Depression and as a contributor for Bearded Gentleman Music, I have learned some things writing for PJ Media.  Which is good since I’ve never had a writing class in my life; there was and continues to be a lot that I need to learn. And since I’m currently having an “I can’t think of anything to write” moment, I’m going to share some of the things I’ve learned. Because …

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