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”

Uncle Kurt

Of all the people in the world who I don’t know personally, there is no person who has had a more profound and long-lasting impact on me than the author Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. His novel Slaughterhouse Five is one of the first novels I read and whenever I am asked to name my favorite bookContinue reading “Uncle Kurt”