How to Stay Astonished in Five Simple Steps

How's the old Kathy Mattea song go?   "Standing knee deep in a river, and dying of thirst." My wife puts up with me, but it has to be annoying. "Isn't it funny that we ingest food," I say.   Or, "It's so strange that we have these orbs in the front of our heads …

An Artist’s Prayer

Dear God, You make, I make.  You make me to make.  What am I to make today?  What are You making today, and what is the plan for how our making?   In every small corner of every large nation, human beings are setting out to take disparate materials and fashion them into a piece …

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 …

Hunting for Books: Lead Me To A Good One

There were hundreds of books, and as always, the stakes were high.  But you can't think about it that way.  Who wants to remember that every single time you read a book, you--and the world--change? Choosing a book is like choosing anything these days.   There are uncountable choices, and we are given that crazy …

How to Pray

The disciples wondered how to pray, and asked Jesus to teach them.  The gospel of Matthew records the version of Jesus' reply we know as The Lord's Prayer.   Simple, direct, covers all the bases; praise, petition, and ascribing appropriate glory.   Paul says plainly, "Pray continually" or more famously, "without ceasing."      And …

Moods

Mine's on the upswing.  Been up since 3:30 a.m. Ran the In-Laws to the airport for a trip to my nephew's educated exit from higher ed.  (Read graduation.) Went back to bed for an hour, listening to random music on my iPhone, much of which I hardly knew was on it.  Decided my first tweet …

Water: Exhaustive vs. Substantial

Water.  What do I know of it?  Do I know much?  Is what I know enough to thought of as real knowledge?   And what are the implications of me not knowing as much as can be known?  Can a simple glass of water give me true knowledge about water's nature? It's an image that came …