I came across this old column a few days ago and it really took me back to my early days as an east coast transplant in Oklahoma. The culture shock was pretty severe, adjusting to having no water or hills around (yes there are! look at that gypsum rock formation 10 miles away!) and having … Continue reading Dela-where?
Entertainment comes in many forms. Sometimes it comes in a completely passive form, such as holding down the couch and absorbing a healthy dose of television. Sometimes it comes in more formal or organized settings, such as concerts, fairs or off-track betting venues. And, for many, entertainment takes on a more active form, such as … Continue reading The Ex Games
If you’re like me at all, you may struggle from time to time to find a deeper meaning in your daily work – a purpose in the daily grind that serves a cause much greater than our own self-interest. I think most of us want to know that our work is serving something greater … Continue reading The gift of purpose
I love Arnold Friberg’s classic painting “The Prayer at Valley Forge.” This painting depicts George Washington taking a knee in the snow, falling down before God to pray for strength and guidance at perhaps the darkest hour of the Revolution. It is a painting oft-portrayed on patriotic occasions, and I think it is very fitting … Continue reading Pray for Independence
This past Saturday millions of women – and men – marched in cities around the globe in response to the inauguration of a man who, at best, has been tainted with a reputation for misogyny. I’ll not go further into the politics surrounding that particular development in the history of our Republic. That’s an entirely … Continue reading Am I a Feminist?
Today is the birthday of Anne Bronte, the youngest of the famed Bronte sisters. The birthday of arguably the most under-appreciated of the Bronte sisters would be an appropriate time to reflect on her literary work. But, that is not my purpose here. What I would like to reflect on is the role Anne played in her short … Continue reading Facing the World As It Is – A Lesson in Virtue with Anne Bronte
I've been brushing up lately on my classical philosophy - Socrates, Plato and the like - and have been reminded of two things: 1) Greek philosophy makes a lot more sense now than it did when I was in college; 2) the ancient search for arête, the pursuit of our best possible selves, is an undertaking as worthwhile as … Continue reading Escaping the Waiting Place
Christmas day is past, even if you had several renditions of the year's merriest day. And Hanukkah is less than a day from conclusion at the time of this writing. If you're like me you may find yourself about now in an anti-climatic haze of leftovers, shredded wrapping paper and a stack of cherished greeting cards that now have no particular … Continue reading A Day to Fix All Days