“Insulated By Thick Layers of Insensibility”

"Where men live huddled together without true communication, there seems to be greater sharing and a more genuine communion.  But this is not communion, only immersion in the general meaninglessness of countless slogans and clichés repeated over and over again so that in the end one listens without hearing and responds without thinking. The constant …

Throwing in the Towel

I don’t want to talk about God anymore. I don’t know how honest I can be here, but I resonate so much with Peter Rollins words in How (Not) To Speak of God.   In the introduction, he quotes Ludwig Wittgenstein: “What we cannot speak of we must pass over in silence.”  He juxtaposes this notion …

Be Jeff

Over at The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin has a list of personal commandments, the first of which is "Be Gretchen."  If you read the "Be Gretchen" post, you discover something rare: someone reflecting on the sadness of what it means to be yourself.   To be your "self" means to choose to not be (and …

“Do the Work” by Steven Pressfield

  What is it about people who speak with "authority" that can be so inspirational?  (Who does that make you think of?) Almost two years ago, I wrote a blog post about the metaphor of war as it related to prayer. Read it here.  I questioned whether war was the best frame through which to …

Two Pennies Left: Why The “How” of a Thing Matters

FYI, up front, this post is not about flowers.  It is about content and form in art-making, conversation, and relationship.   It's about the connection of human essence and identity to the fundamental, structural realities aesthetic forms demand.   It's about the challenge of creating art wherein form and content create a unity of power …

Bearing Witness

I think that I am here, on this earth, To present a report on it, but to whom I don't know. As if I were sent so that whatever takes place Has meaning because it changes into memory. From "Consciousness" -- Czeslaw Milosz To whom do we tell what happened on the earth, for whom …

Random Snatches of April

"In the main, and from the beginning of time, mysticism has kept men sane.  The thing that has driven them mad was logic."  -  G.K. Chesterton And here's a line from a poem from the same magazine I saw the Chesterton quote in, the fabulous The Sun.  The poem is by Joe Wilkins, called "Manifesto". …