In Praise of the Mundane

C.S. Lewis wrote a poem entitled In Praise of Solid People that for many decades has remained a favorite of mine. The opening stanza reads: Thank God that there are solid folk Who water flowers and roll the lawn, And sit and sew and smoke, And snore all through the summer dawn. The poem continuesContinue reading “In Praise of the Mundane”

Love Your Food and Your Food Will Love You

Growing up in rural Indiana, I was no stranger to farms. Farms and fields were part of the landscape that environed me. My parents kept a small garden from time to time. One of my favorite things to do was to pick a tomato or pull a green onion right from the ground. There isContinue reading “Love Your Food and Your Food Will Love You”

Thoughts for Governor Greg Abbott

The Governor of Texas says that the path forward (in the fight against Covid-19) “lies in personal responsibility not government mandates. “ He has said similar things quite a bit, such as Texans are smart of enough to do the right thing without the government telling them what to do. I think the Governor couldContinue reading “Thoughts for Governor Greg Abbott”

Vaccine Refusal and Faulty Premises

When it comes to the Covid-19 vaccines, it seems a lot of people have forgotten basic facts about how vaccines work in general. I am referring to things that have always been said and understood about every vaccine ever in the history of vaccines. One of the things that I have seen people do onContinue reading “Vaccine Refusal and Faulty Premises”

Worlds that May Be…Thoughts About Books and Imagination

In the novel Clockwork Angels by Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart, there is a small but subtly significant part about a bookshop called Underworld Books. In the story, the protagonist, a young man named Owen Hardy, comes upon the shop in the midst of his adventures far from home. In the window, he seesContinue reading “Worlds that May Be…Thoughts About Books and Imagination”

Getting Back in Touch

The pandemic reminds us that we remain firmly rooted in bodily existence with all dangers that this implies. —Slavoj Žižek, Pandemic 2: Chronicles of a Time Lost (p. 14). Touch is never so obvious as when confronted with its opposite—the untouchable. —Richard Kearney, Touch: Recovering Our Most Vital Sense (p. 133). It has been justContinue reading “Getting Back in Touch”

Opening Up Texas—Bad Idea Gov. Abbott, Very Bad Idea

I have been a resident of the state of Texas since June of 2004, approaching 17 years now. A job brought me here and while I had not seen Texas in my future before that time, I have come to enjoy and appreciate quite a bit about this state and the area in which IContinue reading “Opening Up Texas—Bad Idea Gov. Abbott, Very Bad Idea”