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...

November 21, 2018

"Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creation out of void, but out of chaos."  -- Mary Shelley

We are all mystics before the age of five, before the development of ego, hence “a little child shall lead them.” Hence also the labile ecstasies and un...

November 5, 2018

So, what do you think about when you’re not thinking about anything else? Where does your mind go when it isn’t busy with goal-directed tasks requiring your attention, or being drawn to the external world by its normal busy set of events, its normal information overloa...

October 10, 2018

“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Psalm 30:5

Yes, things can often look much better in the morning, and the verse from Psalm 30 is part of an encouragement to be patient. Time may not heal all wounds, as there are, indeed, wounds that can...

September 26, 2018

So what’s the appeal of bad boys? Let’s be clear that the real “bad boys,” are the ones who have failed, the incarcerated felons, the sexual abusers, the ones whose misuse of power to their own advantage costs everyone around them, “country gentleman” or not. They are...

September 15, 2018

I’ve been told that leaving academia when I did, at the relatively tender age of 63, and at the top of my scholarly and teaching game, “took guts.” It is true that I’d only recently been elected to an international scholarly society, co-organized a conference for what...

August 31, 2018

“So… what do you do?” When we ask this question, we are often asking what someone “does for a living,” but it means so much more than that. Yes, we do locate our position in an economy, so responding with a job title is often the quickest and easiest response to this q...

August 15, 2018

""...the dividing line between good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?" Alexander Sol;zhenitsyn

There is a shadow side of ourselves we would rather not acknowledge, but must if self-knowledge is...

August 15, 2018

There is a real paradox in intimate relationships. No one wants to be alone, but for someone to be really with you, especially to be a life partner, means you have to get to know each other extremely well, both in your strengths and your weaknesses, your virtues and yo...

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