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Truly Beyond Deserving: Remembering Dorothy Martyn

Truly Beyond Deserving: Remembering Dorothy Martyn

This past weekend I learned that the pillar of grace known as Dr. Dorothy Martyn died after suffering a stroke at her home in North Carolina. An accomplished child psychologist (of the Freudian persuasion), Dorothy possessed a rare gift for helping the sufferers of the world, and I include myself in that number. We talk […]

Another Week Ends: Helicopter Parents, Love (Not Actually), Llewyn Davis, Joe Jonas, the Inner-Hamlet, and Why?

Another Week Ends: Helicopter Parents, Love (Not Actually), Llewyn Davis, Joe Jonas, the Inner-Hamlet, and Why?

1) A week past Black Friday, we’re well into the holiday shopping and the family travel bargaining, and so it’s no surprise that this is also when we find a slew of family sociology on the internet. Exhibit A: Slate’s piece on the Millennial Anxiety and the Helicopter Parent. In it, therapist Brooke Donatone explains […]

Dorothy Martyn Explains What She Means By "Beyond Deserving"

Dorothy Martyn Explains What She Means By “Beyond Deserving

Taken from the introduction to Dr. Martyn’s now classic child psychology text–a must-read for Mockingbirds everywhere (especially those with children)–Beyond Deserving: Children, Parents, and Responsibility Revisited, here’s a quick word from one of our esteemed 2009 Conference speakers, emphasis hers: This phrase, “beyond deserving,” may be a bit puzzling at first glance. After all, the […]

Dorothy Martyn on Timothy McVeigh and Responsible Irresponsibility

Dorothy Martyn on Timothy McVeigh and Responsible Irresponsibility

From Dorothy Martyn’s masterful treatise on child psychology Beyond Deserving. A few of these lines have appeared on here before, but the longer quote is terrific, especially in conjunction with the Milosz poem below. From pages 155-156: ’I am the master of my fate, the captain of my soul’ has remained for some who learned […]

Another Week Ends: Prayer, Internal Cohabitation, Dan Brown, Dorothy Martyn, TV Premieres and the Rod-father

Another Week Ends: Prayer, Internal Cohabitation, Dan Brown, Dorothy Martyn, TV Premieres and the Rod-father

1. A lengthy piece on prayer in this past Sunday’s NY Times Magazine entitled “The Right Way To Pray?”, in which the author surveys a number of different prayer traditions (Pentecostal, Jewish, Presbyterian, Catholic, and yes, liberal Episcopal). I found his conclusion to be surprisingly sympathetic (ht R-J Heijmen): “There are some 300,000 churches in […]

2009 Mockingbird Conference: "Grace in Personal Relationships"

2009 Mockingbird Conference: “Grace in Personal Relationships”

Handouts and book table list now included! You can download everything individually or as a whole. Hopefully the file sizes are somewhat manageable. Again, while we are making everything available for free, if you were not able to attend and would like to contribute to the cost of putting the event on, that would be […]

The Man In The Yellow Hat, or Grace With Difficult Children

The Man In The Yellow Hat, or Grace With Difficult Children

A few particularly brilliant passages from the final chapter of Dr. Dorothy Martyn’s expert work on child psychology, “The Man in the Yellow Hat: Theology and Psychoanalysis in Child Therapy”. As always, to fully grasp what she’s getting at we must put ourselves in the position of child, lest we turn what is a descriptive […]

The Etiquette of the Admonition is Questionable: Falling in Love with Emily Dickinson

The Etiquette of the Admonition is Questionable: Falling in Love with Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson is a tough sell for high school kids. I remember, junior year, counting the days until the “poetry section” of American Lit was over. Red wheelbarrows and blades of grass were all well and good, but I craved something linear, something I could wrap my adolescent mind around a bit more easily, maybe […]

David Tyree

David Tyree

Did anyone catch(!) the recent NY Times article about Superbowl hero David Tyree?! I know I missed it when it was published a few days ago. But it’s an unbelievable piece – a straight-up conversion testimony! Two things come through loud and clear: 1. Adversity was the catalyst/means of his conversion. Speaking of his 2004 […]

Good News for Misbehaving Children (and Their Parents, Too): Dorothy Martyn's Beyond Deserving

Good News for Misbehaving Children (and Their Parents, Too): Dorothy Martyn’s Beyond Deserving

A fixture on the Mockingbird Reading List is Beyond Deserving: Children, Parents, and Responsibility Revisited by Dorothy Martyn. Dr. Martyn is a child psychologist, a committed Freudian, and yes, a Christian of the most grace-centered kind. Don’t be put off by the slightly academic cover and title–the real thrust of the book is theological and […]