After A Tree Falls…Nature Responds

Just after the tree company demolished the front yard tree, I somberly examined the remaining stump and photographed it for posterity, sadly contemplating the loss as a necessary but unfortunate development. I even stood upon the stump in a defiant expression of frustration at the total destruction of a long term relationship with a lovely … Continue reading After A Tree Falls…Nature Responds

Life Revealing Itself

There is a movement taking place within me and around me as the year progresses toward the autumn and winter seasons.  It’s creating a degree of both anticipation and trepidation, which I find a bit unsettling.  Even when we are anticipating the arrival of something wonderful, it alters our outlook if we are paying attention … Continue reading Life Revealing Itself

When The Path of Destiny Calls

We do not always choose to arrive on the path of destiny. We may avoid it at times it if we are determined to do so, but at some point, no matter how desperate we become or how clever we are, one way or another, the path will find us. Occasionally, if we are truly … Continue reading When The Path of Destiny Calls

After A Tree Falls

Back in September of last year, I posted an account of the removal of the tree out in front of my home, whose presence we had enjoyed for the previous thirty years of residence in our neighborhood, and I shared a video of me reciting the poem I wrote in response to the event itself, … Continue reading After A Tree Falls

What You Hold In Thought

“The evolution of life in the double direction of individuality and association has nothing accidental about it: it is due to the very nature of life.” “Essential also is the progress to reflection. If our analysis is correct, it is consciousness, or rather supra-consciousness, that is at the origin of life. Consciousness, or supra-consciousness, is … Continue reading What You Hold In Thought

A Capacity for Intelligence

According to Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, intelligence is defined as: noun1. capacity for learning, reasoning, understanding, and similar forms of mental activity; aptitude in grasping truths, relationships, facts, meanings, etc.2. manifestation of a high mental capacity: "He writes with intelligence and wit." In a recent study conducted at the University of Western Ontario, researchers acknowledged the … Continue reading A Capacity for Intelligence

The Light We Leave Behind

“Were a star quenched on high, For ages would its light, Still travelling from the sky, Shine on our mortal sight. So when a great man dies, For years beyond our ken, The light he leaves behind him lies Upon the paths of men.” --Henry Wadsworth Longfellow from his poem, “Ode to Charles Sumner” While … Continue reading The Light We Leave Behind

Our Most Important Task

Since the very first behaviorally modern humans walked the Earth some 50,000 years ago, there has been an enhanced sophistication in their cognitive talents and an expansion of brainpower brought about by a gradually increased utilization of the human brain’s extraordinary architecture.  Fossil evidence of significantly more creative activities, like making tools out of bones, … Continue reading Our Most Important Task

The Greens and Colors of Hope Return

The view out of my office window Spring has been fully underway since mid-April on the Eastern seaboard in America, but it's taken these past few weeks to really blossom into the spectacular array of greens and colors that we've come to expect during this time. The contrast in the character of the currently available … Continue reading The Greens and Colors of Hope Return

An Extraordinary Life

“See, hear, learn, and understand; and write when there is something that you know; and not before; and not too damned much after.” –Ernest Hemingway It’s good advice to use your experience of life, to take in what you perceive in the interest of a better understanding of life, and then to write when you … Continue reading An Extraordinary Life