Category: Love and Living

Worthwhile Work

Next week work will be taking me to LA. The week after that I’ll be heading to… well, someplace else. Geez. I hate flying. I have a phobia. It terrifies me. Think “Rain Man.” Anyway… This week I’ve met a few well-travelled folks, people who are...

Heads or Tails?

Clichés, almost by definition, are oversimplifications: “There are two sides to every coin,” or “There’s good and bad in everything.” But, for the purposes of this post, I will make use of such an oversimplification. This week I was reading a news article about creativity and...

Now Go. Be Free. Shine.

Surely this is a work that will be polished over time, but I think it’s a close enough start that it can be a post. I was thinking today that before I know it the next few years will pass, and my daughters will all leave...

Aphorisms – Secrets

If you don’t have at least one deep dark, shameful and terrifying secret to be shared with other people, there are only three possibilities as to why. Either you have already shared with others everything about yourself, or you are completely blind to your own humanity,...

How Many of Me Are There?

The few lines of today’s Merton Monday are deceptively simple; the ideas of “true” self and “false” self may not, in the end, cover all the bases. At the very least, I think the false self can be broken into false selves as far as I...

My Brother Vinnie, revisited

My Brother Vinnie, revisited

I’ve posted before about Vinnie, a mentally challenged young man I know, and from that post I’ll remind the reader of two things: (1) Vinnie speaks pretty well and gets his point across, sometimes he’s really funny without trying to be, and he always speaks sincerely....

Merton Monday 18

  To some men peace merely means the liberty to exploit other people without fear of retaliation or interference. To others peace means the freedom to rob others without interruption. To still others it means the leisure to devour the goods of the earth without being...