December 15, 2019

Love cannot be disembodied even in its most sanctified forms, nor is it without sanctity even in its most fleshly. – Thomas Mann, Magic Mountain.

In these Neuromyth.com blogposts on Sex and the Commons, I have been exploring the relationship between the sad state of our...

August 15, 2019

In this three-part series, I wanted to reflect on the relationship between the erosion of our discourse on the Common Good and our most intimate personal interactions. As I indicated in the previous blog-post, while many factors may have played a role, identity politic...

July 15, 2019

Having just celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing of 1969, the same summer as Woodstock, I am brought to wonder about the current state of our national discourse, as well as our more intimate personal interactions, and the possible relationship between th...

June 15, 2019

A nearby colleague, Phil Cary of Eastern University, in a recruitment video for his institution, said something powerful about a liberal arts education. “Your exposure to the liberal arts and sciences is foundational to your education, a sine qua non (that means you ar...

May 15, 2019

An old college chum sent me an article called “Storm Clouds over Tulsa," written by Jacob Howland at the end of April 2019. It got me thinking about the sad state of higher education in America, my own recent experience, and what the future might hold. As an old rock a...

April 30, 2019

To distract my toddler one morning when my wife was trying to get him into the car, I picked up the cardboard container from some wine coolers and told him we were playing “square ball.” I often find that my toddler’s agenda is quite different from mine, which should s...

March 31, 2019

Out Like a Lamb

Gore Vidal once said that since it is power, not sex, that is the true motor to human life, young people no longer swallow goldfish or pack phone booths. They kill themselves. As vast disparities in both wealth and power have emerged quite rapidly within...

March 15, 2019

The Ides of March

My father once told me he didn’t know how a boy became a man without the experience of combat. I’m sure he never wished that for me and, indeed, spent time as a campus minister speaking out in opposition to the Vietnam War. But while today’s 19-year ol...

February 1, 2019

We all take as a given, like fish in water, a cultural and historical preoccupation with the “self” as something to nurture, protect, express, develop, and share. Nevertheless, not only is this an historically recent cultural phenomenon, not rooted in our biology, but...

December 26, 2018

I suppose I have been interested in metaphor and other tropes since I went to a conference on “Metaphor and Thought” back when I was in grad school in the 1970s. No doubt it goes back further, to creative writing in high school, or the first college classes I ever took...

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