An Erotic Soul: Part of Being Whole (Part I)

Nobody is a Vulcan, not even Vulcans, if Star Trek canon is to be believed: intelligent beings in bodies have passions and suppressing them in unhealthy. Sadly, so is acting on them thoughtlessly. Sometimes we forget we have passions, sometimes we are controlled by them: a trick to a good life is accept the passions [Read More...]

On Vocation and Money

Dear Glaucon*, Thank you for questions about vocation. No good person wants to live for money, but all people need to take care of their needs. Curmudgeons of every generation, and I have reached curmudgeon age, tend to believe the fantasy that the “kids” today want it easy. Since every generation since my time has [Read More...]

The End of His Tenure

If he were leading a discussion class on Syria, warfare, and the last twenty years of American policy, I would give Professor Obama high marks. It is impossible for anyone in class to guess his position or views: he has defended many of them. He has eloquently argued for peace in his time, war in [Read More...]

On Mindless Entertainment

Charles Dickens wrote a most excellent essay against proposed Sabbath laws, Sunday Under Three Heads. Certain puritanical types wanted to close absolutely everything closable all Sunday and ban harmless pursuits, though they were harder on the middle-class and poor than the rich. Dickens would not stand for it. He admitted that a day of rest was [Read More...]

But I like it . . .

When I like something, such as Disneyland, and it gets criticized on line, if I am not careful my response will be a very testy and defensive: “But I like it!” Somehow, if not very careful, I end up arguing that if I like a thing then “liking” it is a good thing. This would [Read More...]

On Your Little Pony

I am told that there may be as many as twelve million adult males who watch the animated children’s show “My Little Pony.” Really? My first reaction to this news was not, I fear, a charitable one so let me help those cursed with similar feelings out. I could rush to judgment, but too many [Read More...]

How many dead Christians?

How many dead Christians are acceptable in order to teach Assad a lesson? This administration should quantify the suffering so Congress can know what they are authorizing. Chemical weapons are bad and ideally we would have boxed Assad in long ago on these weapons of mass destruction. Sadly, we did not and now the poison [Read More...]

No Syrian Intervention

Syrian intervention is wrong. God help me I cannot support it. Our President sets our foreign policy and has information citizens do not have. Constitutional government has evolved to give the President broad powers to strike militarily. As a result, patriotic Christians tend to support the President when he requests military action. I have done [Read More...]

Can’t Wait to Teach

I once popped into a professor’s office and asked him if he was looking forward to the start of school: “Not really, it gets in the way of my work.” This was deflating. Class loomed with a person that viewed teaching me as in the way of his writing and research. Sadly, I knew he [Read More...]

Oh Houston!

If I tell people not from Houston, I moved to Houston from Los Angeles, people make pitying noises. I do not understand these noises. I love LA, loved living there, and still have dear friends who live in the Great Nowhere, but Houston does not need your pity. I have discovered Houstonians don’t have time [Read More...]


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