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Love Your Neighbor?

“The purpose of Newspeak was […] to make all other modes of thought impossible”George Orwell, 1984 The rise of hashtag cliches has led us to self-inflicted Newspeak, wherein we latch on to simple phrases without putting in the effort to parse out their meaning. We tend to launch these phrases as a sort of “gotcha” […]

Fling Everything Wide

“Ivan Ilych saw that he was dying, and was in continual despair […] And to save himself from this, Ivan Ilych sought amusements, other screens, and these screens he found, and for a little while they did seem to save him; but soon again they were not so much broken down as let the light […]

In Between: A Poem

Betweenhead and heartnot yet and nowdead and alivefear and hopetomb and stone A day. Yesterday: it is finishedTomorrow:just as he said,why seek the livingamong the dead?

There’s Something to Living Dangerously

Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?Tell me, what is it you plan to dowith your one wild and precious life? Mary Oliver We are living in uncertain times. As I posited in my last post, I believe we have always been living in uncertain times, but the mask of our false hopes has […]

Consider the Flowers

My kids and I have been studying Vincent Van Gogh this term. I was looking at the copies of his paintings I have hanging in our kitchen today, and simply captivated by their beauty. Somehow he captured the paradox of beauty and sorrow with brush strokes, with color and and shadows his paintings tells us […]