When I was in college, I sang for three or four years with a group named “A New Mind.” The name, which preceded my involvement, was taken from a line from St. Paul’s letter to the Romans (12:2): “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, … More A New Mind in Salem
A man named Pavlov was studying the digestion of dogs when he noticed something—that one of his dogs salivated when he rang a bell. That something, when paired with philosophy, gave rise to what we now know as the field of psychology. A man whose job had been oversight of responses to epidemics overseas noticed … More Curious Connections
I was—for me, as many can attest to—relatively silent about my general feelings during the run-up to the recent presidential inauguration. I started several times to blog but changed my mind, struggling to put into words the roiling of my emotions, which have ranged from peaceful observation to mourning to anger to an almost daily … More Proud to Have Marched in D.C.
Fifteen years ago, I wrote and published a book of stories about life, as seen through the eyes of a Siamese cat. It was called Simon Says: Views from a Higher Perspective. For what it’s worth, it is still available as an eBook, though the printed copies are long gone. It was received so well … More On Fireflies
Every once in a while, I have a day when the convergence of events leaves me contemplative for several days afterward. Sometimes the days leave me laughing. Sometimes they leave me reflecting on how far we have yet to go to see either the kingdom of God on earth or the dream of America manifest … More Two Days
It was 11:30 p.m. during the summer of 2008. I had just left a committee meeting at my church in suburban Atlanta and was driving home on Jimmy Carter Boulevard in my 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which I was holding together with baling wire. The left rear tail light and turn signal was temperamental, as … More One Night
One of my favorite lines from one of my favorite movies goes something like this: “Look for low and outside…but watch out for in your ear.” I think of it often when something happens that I was “sure” wouldn’t happen, and I am reminded of the fragility of our perceptions of anything that’s going on … More “Low and Outside” is still more likely
Like other children from my era, for a long time, Easter weekend meant going to church as we usually did, but dressed in a new dress, new socks, and usually new patent leather shoes, Mary Jane style. Everyone came in their Easter finery and many compliments, genuine or not, were shared among the members of … More “Good” Friday?
Almost 15 years ago now, I published a book of “essays” written from the point of a view of my Siamese cat, Simon. An occasionally arrogant fellow, as those who know Siamese cats will understand, Simon fancied himself a philosopher, and I have to admit that he taught me quite a few things. I was … More Be Careful What You Chase
Before we even get started, the title is a metaphor. I have no friends, to my knowledge, whose almost-spouses are cheating on them at present. I have been there before, though—caught in the quandary of whether or not to tell my friend what I’ve observed. One cannot often predict whether it will be me or … More My Friend’s Fiance is Cheating and I’m Not Going to Hold My Peace