Poetry Tuesday: Make Me A Tower (Don’t Reduce Me)

What if we treated each other like poems?   Things of beauty to be broken apart and experienced instead of commodities to be judged? Here's a piece that I've performed a couple of times, down at the open mic of the Seattle Poetry Slam and then in a worship gathering at the Northwest Church.   …

Brain, Free Choice, and the Limits of Knowing: The Crisis of Knowing How We Know – 1

In August 1966, I was seven years old heading into second grade.  My memory of the guy that went up into the tower at the University of Texas to kill a bunch of people is vague, but it's there.  Turns out, according to David Eagleman's Atlantic Monthly article "The Brain on Trial", Charles Whitman knew …

Wondering about the Promised Land: The Conversation on Racial Reconciliation

I’m white, middle-aged, male, Texan, and have lived in the Pacific Northwest for a combined total of 20 years.  I'm a follower of Christ.  I'm artistic, heterosexual, contemplative, English-speaking, have an IQ of whatever, and have decent emotional intelligence although my mind tends to go chaotic when I get in heated battles.   And in saying …

Authenticity and “The Better Self”

Have you ever had a moment when you knew you were being the best "self" you could be?   How about the opposite, when you knew you were somehow presenting to those around you, in that particular moment, the worst of your "self"? Authenticity.  Being "authentic" is not just the craze; it's the litmus test …