The World Outside of Our World

Scientist leaving the world. Engraving c.1520. Allegorical representation of changes in medieval conception or interpretation of the heavens when it was thought that the world was flat, discovering the point where heaven and earth meet, twentieth-century coloration of black-and-white engraving from The Atmosphere, by Camille Flammarion, 1888. Anyone who ponders the possibility of an existence … Continue reading The World Outside of Our World

Forever One – A Reverie

I can feel you. I know you are there. I want you to be there. I think that's the reason it keeps happening. At some point, we both reflect on those moments, and it brings us somehow together. Your face said everything. Just for a moment, it all came rushing back to you--all those moments--they … Continue reading Forever One – A Reverie

A Link With The Infinite

“Never in the world were any two opinions alike, any more than any two hairs or grains of sand. Their most universal quality is diversity.” –Montaigne, Essays, 1580 In a letter-writing conversation with a thoughtful friend some years ago, the topic turned to how to engage others more deeply without abandoning our own sense of … Continue reading A Link With The Infinite

The Rite of Spring

"Spring Landscape," by Achille Laugé (French, 1861–1944). Laugé was a Neo-Impressionist painter born in Arzens. Laugé never followed his teachers’ methods and advice, and his work was considered radical for its time. Influenced by French Neo-Impressionist painters Georges Seurat (1859–1891), Paul Signac (1863–1935), and Camille Pissarro (1831–1903), Laugé adopted elements of their style without aligning … Continue reading The Rite of Spring

A Universal Spiritual Perspective

In his acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize, William Faulkner addressed important elements surrounding the "poet's, the writer's duty:" "I feel that this award was not made to me as a man, but to my work – a life’s work in the agony and sweat of the human spirit, not for glory and least of … Continue reading A Universal Spiritual Perspective


In my previous post, I wrote about author Richard Brautigan, whose success in the late 1960's and throughout the 1970's brought him great notoriety and financial rewards for a time. His tendency to engage in a variety of self-destructive behaviors, and a degree of recklessness in attending to his own well-being, over time, ultimately led … Continue reading Crossroads

The Fulfillment of Life

Michelangelo Buonarroti - The Dream of Human Life Writing about "Life," or rendering artistically the everyday scenes of our temporal existence goes on all the time in every culture and it has become commonplace in our time to read about or to see the results of those efforts everywhere we go. Actually "living our lives" … Continue reading The Fulfillment of Life

From Morning Light To The Next Liquid Night

As the morning light bestows its first sweet caress, It stirs my waking dream to life, Loosening the reluctant grasp of Yesterday's liquid night; The stillness of the dark water, In the wee hours before dawn, Slowly yields to the tides within me. They ripple gently in steady, rhythmic response, As my heart reclaims its … Continue reading From Morning Light To The Next Liquid Night

Trial and Suffering

Recently discovered painting by Van Gogh entitled "Cypress Sky and Country." "Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved." -- Helen Keller Reckoning Love's Labor Lost by JJHIII24 You never intended to lose the thread Of the labor … Continue reading Trial and Suffering

The Inner Experience

"Artwork by Daniel B. Holeman " "The inner self is not part of our being, like a motor in a car. It is our entire substantial reality itself, on its highest and most personal and most existential level. It is like life, and it is life: it is our spiritual life when it is … Continue reading The Inner Experience