The Present Age

“In our own day anonymity has acquired a far more pregnant significance than is perhaps realized: it has an almost epigrammatic significance. People not only write anonymously, they sign their anonymous works: they even talk anonymously…Nowadays one can talk with any one, and it must be admitted that people’s opinions are exceedingly sensible, yet theContinue reading “The Present Age”

Becoming me

Poetry is writtenBallads are sungMasterpieces are paintedPraise rolls off the tongue To trees and their majestyTo their long suffering and beautyThese witnesses of truth stand tallObeying their divine duty What reader doesn’t knowTolkien, Hesse and RilkeGibran, Emerson and BlakeAdore the tree Perhaps, I should aspire to beA genius for a seasonIf I knew trees intimatelyThenContinue reading “Becoming me”

Sustainability

We have passed the point of sustainability. What is there to sustain? 88% of Americans are dealing with diet-related disease and sickness. 74% of Americans are overweight or obese. This is not sustainable. We are suffering epidemics of loneliness, addiction, anxiety and depression. This is not sustainable. Are we trying to sustain a broken wayContinue reading “Sustainability”

Present your bodies

Perhaps you have heard this verse, “Therefore I implore you, brothers, by God’s mercies, to present your bodies as a living, holy, acceptable sacrifice to God, your rational worship; And do not be configured to this age, but be transformed by renewal of the intellect, so you may test the will of God, which isContinue reading “Present your bodies”

David Foster Wallace

The idea that America is one great shopping mall, and that all anyone wants to do is, you know, grasp their credit card and run out and buy stuff is a stereotype, and it’s a generalization but, but but as a way to summarize a certain kind of ethos in the U.S., it’s pretty accurate.Continue reading “David Foster Wallace”

Reversing The Results

At some point, we are going to have to understand that we cannot outsmart the way we are naturally designed to Breathe, Listen, Ask, Look and Move. If we deprive our design of the things that we need, then our spirits, hearts, minds and bodies will make up for that deprivation somewhere, somehow and someway.Continue reading “Reversing The Results”

Come Close

I paint with words Without a sound So Come and See behind my frown There is more than what meets the eye. Beneath my skin A story is told From today and backwards Till days of old Flowing from eternity’s side The mingling of water and blood Creating the creature and creation Breathing life intoContinue reading “Come Close”

Who are Dirt people and Cloud people?

I recently read a Letter to the Editor in my local paper titled ‘Dirt people and Cloud people by Graham Stowe of Ethridge, TN. Initially, I thought this letter reminded me of two different Wendell Berry essays written at least some twenty years ago. The first being ‘Two Minds’ which speaks to the Rational mindContinue reading “Who are Dirt people and Cloud people?”

April 23- No coincidence

I wish I could share with you everything that has occurred over the past 10 years that has forever made April 23 a holy day for me. Not only has April 23 been a day of resurrection and the beginning to unknown freedom and joy, but it has been a day that I was completelyContinue reading “April 23- No coincidence”

Thomas Merton: Seeds of Contemplation

He Who Is Not with Me Is against Me A MAN who has been killed by one enemy is just as dead as one who has been killed by a whole army. If you are friends with one habit of mortal sin you live in death, even though you may seem to have all theContinue reading “Thomas Merton: Seeds of Contemplation”