My sister is an artist. My father was an accomplished watercolor painter in his youth. My mother creates intensely beautiful quilts. Anyone who has read my poetry or seen my paintings immediately suggests that I was adopted.The second great love of my life was (and is) an artist. Her art speaks of the need to reacknowledge the texture of life, a texture robbed from us in a life lived too hastily. Italian in heritage, she brings with her a bit… Read more

This month’s National Geographic explores Buddhism in the West.There is some beautiful Japanese flute music along with good pictures/video and an interview with the writer along with the article. It gives a good impression on why Buddhism is picking up here these days, and a tiny bit of what it is that goes on in meditation.The most interesting point for me is in the interview with Perry Garfinkel, the author, and he describes a ‘Zen moment’ when, in a theological… Read more

God is once again seen to walk in the history of nations. As a century organized around the fear of a godless state comes to a close, we wake to a new terror; states armed with powers of the divine.– Roger Friedland, “When God Walks in History” Read more

This is a re-post from my old blog, July 8. I just reread it, found it poignant, and thought I’d post it again. I find that a lot of my writing is self-reflective and used as a tool to get myself clear on a particular ‘rut’ I might be in so as to get out of it. So when I read old posts/journal entries I often suddenly realize that the ‘rut’ described in them is pretty much the same as… Read more

Though still a fan of Mr. Wilber, I have stumbled upon an ugly flaw in his work (I’m now listening to the soundstrue version of ‘A Theory of Everything – A Brief History of Everything’) , namely his understanding of evolution.It’s funny, because just two weeks ago I saw Kevin Padian, PhD discussing his role as an expert witness in the Dover, PA trial over teaching ID in schools. Dr. Padian pretty well destroyed the ID theorists credibility by showing… Read more

Tom – (in response to your comments here)Is free / affordable education fair? YES! Check out this report on the payoffs of education. Notice that the average person with a Ph.D. or ‘professional degree’ pays 3-4 times as much in taxes as the person with only a high school diploma. Compound the extra $12-18k/year by, say, 30 years and you get $360,000-480,000 in extra tax revenue for each of those folks. That’s a huge bonus for society. And I wouldn’t… Read more

“[O]ne has to be willing to let go of–or die to–the present level. Perhaps one has run up against its inherent limitations or contradictions (as Hegel would say), or one is beginning to disidentify with it (as Assagioli explained), or perhaps one has just gotten tired of it.”- Ken Wilber (from tom’s comment, #13)As I replied to tom’s comment, I agree with this general formula for spiritual growth. Each level is a sort of consciousness, a world-view, a system of… Read more

Mr. Kerry, 1971 All of us, Today:Each day to facilitate the process by which the United States washes her hands of Vietnam Iraq someone has to give up his life so that the United States doesn’t have to admit something that the entire world already knows, so that we can’t say that we have made a mistake. Someone has to dies so that President Nixon Bush won’t be, and these are his words, “the first President to lose a war.”… Read more

It has long been a complaint of mine that philosophers of the 20th century paid too little attention to the issues that mattered to everyday folks. It’s a problem too for many who look at Buddhism in Western societies. But Buddhism gets off the hook as a kind of therapy for new-agers and those otherwise discontent with Western religious traditions. Philosophy is a failure from within, slipping out of the public eye, and as one of my professors recently remarked,… Read more

A cliché well spokenis wisdom of the greatest profundity. Read more

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