July 23, 2012 12:11am

I opted against doing the live recording, mostly because I won’t have time to edit it into tracks, so here’s a video recording instead. Several of the new songs are performed here, especially towards the end of the performance. … [Read more...]

July 21, 2012 11:43pm

For the love of gold is different than the love of money, which is loved for the use we make of it. Gold deserves to be loved for itself, as pearls and precious stones are loved for their beauty. Etienne Gilson, The Arts of the Beautiful … [Read more...]

July 21, 2012 9:32pm

New frames and the book I’m reading. (Taken with Instagram) … [Read more...]


Anticipating my show at the Red Stag tonight, here are the lyrics of two of the new songs we’ll be playing. The first (“Aliens”) is an edited version of a poem that appears in Things and Stuff, the second (“Late to Love”) is the title track to my next album. The rest of the set list will be taken from Freedom for Love (that can be heard for free at Soundcloud) and a few standards and covers.Aliens Aliens come and go in time and space they wander Aliens say &# … [Read more...]

Live at The Red Stag

                                Tomorrow I’ll be playing at the Red Stag Supperclub in Minneapolis, from 10:30 to 12:30, with my brother-in-law and drummer, Shawn Kolles. I plan on recording the whole show and releasing it on Noisetrade as a free live album. We’ll be debuting some of the new original songs that will appear on my forthcoming album (Late to Love) along with songs from Freedom for Love, plus a few standards and covers. If you’re in the area, I hope to see you there … [Read more...]

July 19, 2012 at 3:33pm

If there is in this world a single man knowing all that is useful to know in order fully to understand the historical, philosophical and theological meaning of the Divine Comedy, that man is highly privileged indeed, but it is not impossible to imagine a man possessed of that thorough knowledge of the meaning of the poem and yet incapable of experiencing it as the thing of beauty that it is. Etienne Gilson, The Arts of the Beautiful … [Read more...]

July 19, 2012 5:04am

Back from fishing, will be posting again soon. (Taken with Instagram) … [Read more...]

July 15, 2012 7:40pm

A flower in the plaza of the hotel I just checked out of in Houston. Next stop: the Rio Grande Valley. (Taken with Instagram) … [Read more...]

An Important New Blog: The Recovering Scientist

Greetings from the Republic of Texas!In my recent talk on Augustine and Monica, I may have given the wrong impression: that modern science cannot be engaged with seriously and faithfully. This is NOT my position. The point requires nuance and balance. This new blog promises to possess that and more.About the author: a student and friend of mine, and recent graduate of Wabash College, has been studying the philosophy of science in his ongoing, personal quest to grow in understanding of his … [Read more...]

Vocational Bribery, Academic Blackmail

A former colleague of mine recently sent an e-mail lamenting his lack of summertime productivity and passed along an article that might help others in similar predicaments. The article — from Inside Higher Ed — is one of those dime-a-dozen, pathetic self-help columns with enumerated tips on how to be more “productive,” so on and so forth. The e-mail and article were both addressing the sad fact that many mid-career academics find it hard to work without external incentive. In other words, after g … [Read more...]