The Joy of Insignificance

On occasion I find it helpful to take stock of where I stand in the universe.

I am one of 7.5 billion Homo sapiens. We collectively reside on the fourth smallest planet of eight that orbit a star that…

Accounting for Taste

My ninety-five year old Dad's cardiologist recently put him on a low salt diet. He's finding that without salt his food has lost its taste and he's lost his appetite. He suggested I write something about taste.

How do we…

Luck of the Irish

Looking back at Irish history, the luck of the Irish hardly seems like luck at all. The island faced repeated invasions from the Vikings followed by the Normans with resistance to offshore domination a centuries old fact of life. The…

The Reluctant Animal

As humans, we are reluctant to consider ourselves as just another animal. We are far superior to all other living things on this planet. Our ability to think and plan has made us Lords of the Earth granting us permission…

Time Buffet

I've always enjoyed a good buffet. My ultimate experience was the Carnival Seafood Buffet in Las Vegas. Seeing their massive live tanks on television caused me to venture off the strip in search of the ultimate seafood eating experience. I…

Finding my Funny

I really don't want to write seriously all the time. There is more joy and happiness in laughter than there is in deep contemplation of the human experience. Not that I shouldn't spend time in contemplation but what value is…

Lonely and Alone

It is surprising that there is still loneliness in the world. There has never been a time when humans have had the ability to interact widely with others every waking moment of our lives. But this level of communication has…

Our Shared Experience

We tend to relate only to those who have similar shared experiences to our own - the culture within which we were born and raised. We fear the unknown including people from other communities who may speak, look, dress, think…

We are all Storytellers

We are all storytellers living the story we tell. We tell our story mostly to our self - an internal narrative casting our experiences in an endlessly looping documentary. If we dare to share our story with others, it is…

Brain Calcification

I sometimes feel as if my creative neural pathways are starting to calcify. I have a theory that our brains "calcify" as we age if we are not mindful. Perhaps not in terms of actual calcium deposits, but in that…

Truth and Suffering

To find the truth of things look for suffering. Determine the cause of suffering and you will find the truth.  We often construct a fictional reality for our self and others but rarely understand the truth in suffering.

Vacation or Travel

Travel isn't always pretty. It isn't always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that's okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and