What Love Isn’t: Romeo and Juliet

“I love Rosalind!” “Oh. Wait! I love Juliet!” And so starts the great tragedy Romeo and Juliet where the “hero” Romeo manages to mess up everyone’s life by his lack of chastity. Preparing to teach the play has reminded me of how healthy the play is: love, eros, and natural law all mix together, but when [Read More...]

Beautiful Thoughts

The world is so connected that every action we take has implications that cannot be imagined. As a result, we cannot predict outcomes with any surety. What seems practical might fail and what seems irrational might work. God works tirelessly bringing what is best to the world. No human can ever see the intricacies of [Read More...]

Find the Good and Think about It

A simple way to know a religious grifter is to look for fear mongering. The religious grifter uses fear to create a crisis and the crisis is an opportunity to sell product. If there is not trouble in River City, with a capital T, then there is no need for the grifter’s product. We need [Read More...]

Love and Knowledge: Paul and His Beloved

Smart people who can be unloving while supposedly loving people live in the false charity of lies. Truth can be misused, but remains irrepressibly true while love can degenerate into moral cowardice combined with a hug. Love should grow in knowledge. Love demands knowledge of the beloved . . . as even the merely infatuated know. In [Read More...]

The Wonder of It All: Paul and Plato

Saturating in a great book is good, in two great books better. Laches is one of Plato’s shorter dialogs and full of wisdom on living the good life as is Philippians. The great Jewish rabbi Paul placed (out of time!) in dialog with the greatest philosopher gives me fresh insight to both men. Paul is writing a letter [Read More...]

Living in a Bubble

Chik-Fil-A be warned. Standing in the Legion of Honor, a stunning collection of art in a beautiful building with a world class view of the Golden Gate, I got to listen to three students discuss the chicken company. One of them was being offered a job (“Can you believe it?”) in social media and networking [Read More...]

Bernie Sanders on Education: Give the Grifters More

Socialism has this going for it: it sees a problem and it proposes a very direct solution. Kids are struggling to get the schooling they need and Bernie Sanders has the solution: free college. This jolly solution has the advantage of being easy to understand, free is a simple concept, but immoral in practice. Sanders [Read More...]

Talk Less

On the way to the airport, I realized that driving with Lewis and Hope made me the loud kid. They like to think, reflect, and use their inside the head voice. Like some Tour Guide Ken, I feel compelled to keep talking, because that is what I do. Until I realize how very, very annoying [Read More...]

A Comedy Tonight

All my children will be legal adults by the start of next month. This is not sad to me, because, for good or bad, I have been there for every year of their lives. The law is just now recognizing what has been true for a good while: there are not “kids” left to sit [Read More...]

Trump: He Has the Right Foes

My Daddy taught me that having the right enemies is a good thing. If Vlad Putin would just repudiate me, then my Orthodox soul would rejoice, but sadly I have yet to achieve the importance and probably never will. Donald Trump has no such problem. Our irritating, chattering, Democratic elite hate Donald Trump. Our impotent, [Read More...]