Writings by Cole Huffman


Franken, Stein, and Us

“I felt worse than ever. I felt like people whose respect meant a lot to me had begun to feel like I was a terrible person. I thought about Eliot Spitzer again, and about all the people he had let down because he couldn’t stop his own flaws from sabotaging his desire to do good.” The italicized words are underlined in my copy of Al Franken’s book, Al Franken, Giant of the Senate . His words. Eliot Spitzer was a prominent New York politician who ruined his career in... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Dec 12 | 0 comments
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The Books List 2017

“I remember reading once how some Stone Age Indians from the Brazilian rainforest with no knowledge or expectation of a world beyond the jungle were taken to Sao Paulo or Rio, and when they saw what it contained—the buildings, the cars, the passing airplanes—and how thoroughly at variance it was with their own simple lives, they wet themselves, lavishly and in unison.” Bill Bryson put this in his book A Walk in the Woods to parallel his experience of entering... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Nov 16 | 0 comments
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XL Grace

Caleb, our 21-year-old son, has a drug and alcohol problem. On the inside of his left arm, Caleb sports a tattoo: XL. At first glance it looks like “extra large.” But it’s actually the Roman numeral for 40, as in Psalm 40, a psalm that has long articulated our hope for him. He knows that, and as a once-aspiring musician he thought it was cool that U2 put Psalm 40 to music on their War album (1983), and that Mom and Dad pray it for him. A friend once gave me an apt... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Oct 25 | 0 comments
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