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 …

How to Follow Your Heart: Part 2

Start with a cup of coffee.  Fast from coffee altogether. But pay attention, and let words mean something.  To pay requires cost. Be quiet.  Find the quiet in the noise.   If no quiet can be found, then sleep, and dream of it. Breathe.   Oxygen and its life are rarely overrated.   Holding breath …

On the Occasion of a Son Turning 21

He's always been a surprise. Not that the expectation for something special wasn't there, but who this young boy I played catch with would become just wasn't on my radar.  The music piece, in a generic sense, didn't surprise me; we've got singers in the family--some good ones (My uncle, closer in age to a …

The Questions, The Moral Fight, and Love

I don't like politics.  Men and women struggling over power, wealth, and good.  Forces of human action contending valiantly and corruptly, if need be, to control, coerce, or more nobly, to free.   Senators beaten with canes in full view (see pre-Civil War politics), Congresswomen shot at close range in grocery store parking lots, and …