I’m a shower guy. Get in, get out, move on. My wife takes baths. She takes showers, too, and for the longest time I didn’t fully understand why she sometimes bathes and sometimes showers. That was before a few days ago, when for the first time in a decade I got a kidney stone. If … Continue reading The Miraculous Healing Gloriousness of Nice Hot Bath
This past weekend I mounted an overdue, all-out attack on an enemy weed. Dressed in long pants and a long-sleeve dri-FIT shirt so as to avoid another bout of poison ivy, I sat down on my gardening stool, dialed an old friend, Travis, and started yanking nutsedge, my garden nemesis. I had hoped talking to … Continue reading At War With a Weed
When I was a teenager in the late 1970s, my father helped start a new Methodist church. We’d just moved to the north side of Houston, where he had reconnected with the former youth minister at our previous church who was building a congregation of his own. The nascent services were held in the cafeteria … Continue reading Other Plans
Amazon’s algorithm recently served up a book up to me by Janet Connor called Writing Down Your Soul: How to Activate and Listen to the Extraordinary Voice Within. In it, Connor advocates for a particular type of journaling that she stumbled upon by accident while struggling to get through a nasty divorce. As she poured … Continue reading Deep Soul Writing
Our understanding of the nature of consciousness is far from complete. Conventional wisdom says our brains generate consciousness, that the matter of our brains, the billions of neurons firing off moment to moment are the mechanism by which we think what we think and by which we are who we are. This mechanistic, materialist way … Continue reading Rediscovering Wonder
No one here knows my real name. I move among them like a phantom, speaking only through him. He is up there yet again, waving his absurd gyan mudra, conducting his rabid tribe, in another song of sorrow. The many camera lenses are drawn like moths to his strange, orange glow. His words, a few … Continue reading Notes of a Staff Speechwriter for the Trump Campaign on the Eve of the Election
Get new content delivered directly to your inbox.