To the poet, philosopher, and saint…

To the poet, to the philosopher, to the saint, all things are friendly and sacred, all events profitable, all days holy, all men divine. For the eye is fastened on life, and slights the circumstance. Every chemical substance, every plant, every animal in its growth, teaches the unity of cause, the variety of appearance. RalphContinue reading “To the poet, philosopher, and saint…”

What is love?

Twenty-nine years ago today the law finally caught up with us after a decade on the lam. The commitment forged by my love for Nancy, and hers for me, became a legally binding one in the time-honored ceremony known as marriage. We made our declarations in front of our dear family and friends, and askedContinue reading “What is love?”

Excess

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom. William Blake The intense pleasures of youth – sex and drugs and rock’n’roll – take a heavier toll on my body, my mind, and my spirit with every passing year. One of life’s easiest traps is to repeat actions that once brought pleasure even afterContinue reading “Excess”

Ye Olde Social Media

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s 19th Century take on social media: At times the whole world seems to be in conspiracy to importune you with emphatic trifles. Friend, client, child, sickness, fear, want, charity, all knock at once at thy closet door, and say, “Come out unto us.” But keep thy state; come not into their confusion.Continue reading “Ye Olde Social Media”