On the TV series, Elementary, Sherlock Holmes explains to Agatha why he cannot donate his sperm so she can have a baby with his DNA and, hopefully, his gifts. Sherlock: You’re right. I am… remarkable. That’s precisely why I can’t help you. Agatha: What does being amazing have to do… […]
The bearable burden of kindness.
If you’re not nice to me I’ll try to be nice to you anyway. Why should I let your actions dictate What kind of person I am? The burden of unkindness Is too heavy for me.
The Speck Becomes the Sea
We are, each of us, a speck, living on a speck, rotating around a speck which is just one of billions of specks clustered in a speck. Here am I experiencing my own infinitesimal significance. I realize: I am a miracle, infinite in my miraculousness. In all the uncountable experiential […]
Our fetish for stuff ~ Wallace Shawn and Karl Marx give you the shirt off their back…
The Fever One day there was an anonymous present sitting on my doorstep — Volume One of Capital by Karl Marx, in a brown paper bag. A joke? Serious? And who had sent it? I never found out. Late that night, naked in bed, I leafed through it. The beginning […]
Adama and Roslin ~ Discovering love in the quiet moments.
One of many beautifully rendered scenes from the fourth and final season of Battlestar Galactica. Admiral William Adama has fallen in love with Laura Roslin, President of the Twelve Colonies of Cobol. He hasn’t told her yet. He hasn’t even admitted it to himself, yet. But he is just about […]
Letting go ~ Won’t you stay? Jackson Browne soothes the road.
The last time I really, really had a hard time letting go, I took a road trip through the American West. Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Colorado, Utah, Arizona … Every time I’d see a white Toyota Highlander on the highway (you can’t imagine how many there are, especially in rural […]
Alive in the World ~ Jackson Browne coaxes me out of my shell
Alive in the World I want to live in the world, not inside my head I want to live in the world, I want to stand and be counted With the hopeful and the willing With the open and the strong With the voices in the darkness Fashioning daylight out […]
Roger Ebert ~ Discovering Kindness
Roger Ebert died, yesterday, ‘after an extended battle with cancer’ as they say. Except, as with many who find grace along the journey to life’s end, Ebert appears to have instead taken cancer’s hand and walked with it into the darkness of oblivion he did not fear. That grace is […]
The first rule of flying ~ Firefly, Serenity & Love
You can know all the math in the 'verse but take a boat in the air that you don't love? She'll shake you off just as sure as a turn in the worlds.
Child of darkness ~ entering the gateway to all understanding
Darkness. One of the most compelling forces, and metaphors, we have. Darkness fascinates me. Here are a few snippets from an online conversation I participated in some time ago, beginning with a quote, then Anabele’s response to it, followed by my reply.