100 Things I Know #3 – Sacrifice (Somehow) Is At The Heart of Love

  Love is the pursuit of the highest good of and for the other. (It was Thomas Merton’s work that first gave me these words.) This must necessarily come into conflict with our own desires and pursuits.   The needs and desires of the other must, at some point, trump our own needs and desires.   The …

Conversations

I love roaming conversations about real things, deep life, and the questions that linger in the hidden places.   When friends, new and old, offer up their treasured thoughts in a conversation, listening becomes an artful experience, punctuated by moments of shared understanding, common sighs, and inspiration. It’s been a week of multiple conversations like this …

Count the Beautiful Things, Part 2

I wrote a second day's worth.   It's not poetry, really, but here it is.   We could do this sort of thing everyday, and never run out of counting.   Just thankful. Especially for this beautiful bunch.   Not together this year for Thanksgiving, but they'll always be with me, whichever holiday table finds …

Poetry Tuesday: “Love. What Is This Word?”

Got your coffee?  A cup of tea?   Here we go. So the conversation begins (see yesterday's post) with a sampling of my tetrameter (eight syllables per line, roughly) musings, a discipline I've continued each morning for over a year now.   I've decided to ignore whether or not these writings can properly be called …

Marriage and Aesthetic Unity

When I typed the title of this post, I had to reconsider.  Really?  Marriage and aesthetic unity?   What I mean by aesthetic unity as in what emerges from a strong work of art or a successful theatre production, an attribute of a production's ruling idea, metaphor, or concept, so that all the choices being …

The Limits of Language: Love

The substance of that human quality of mind, spirit, and action we refer to as "love" has a hard time landing in a word that even comes close to accurate representation and communication.   "I love you" can mean any number of the following sentiments: You raise my level of erotic desire. You call forth …

God Spoke to Me: The Crisis of Knowing How We Know – 3

This morning, I'm not writing about what I said I was going to write about. Instead, I offer you, hot off the presses of my experience, a case study...an experience in knowing. Years ago, I was tasked with writing a personal credo, and it began with the words, "We are not alone."  And yet, loneliness …