Category: Random Thoughts

On vampires.

Not once, not twice have I seen condescension on the faces of people who learn that I am a fan of such TV shows as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel.” (This is a bit off topic for today, but anything by Joss Whedon is gold in my book. Start watching Buffy from season 4, though. Go …

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On being a beholder.

In the Words of the Beholder by River Adams Original publication in: Crosstimbers 12 1 (2012): 54-55. I find special beauty in the sky. A cliché to many, it is not to me, and that beauty stuns me every time anew. I raise my eyes to the heavens, often, in a habit that never becomes …

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On my prayer to You, my Love.

What is my prayer to you, my Love? What is my worship? What is my praise? They speak of these things to me, and they ask me: When? How much? How often? They ask what I do and how I worship You. Tell me, what do You hear? What do You see as I walk along? …

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On presumption against suffering.

We seem to assume that joy should be and that suffering should not, and so we search for consolation. This “presumption against suffering” appears universally human, and it is, I suppose, natural and logical. Physiologically speaking, pain signals disorder—it is a warning of trouble and demands action to be eliminated to bring the body back …

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On wanting to stop.

This was a while ago already – months and months, maybe a couple of years. Yet I think of him more often than I do of most others like him. He was sitting on a sidewalk in Center City Philly, and I was riding in a car, a friend driving us to a concert. We …

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On very small burdens.

I am going to tell you a story that happened to me two years ago, in Austria – not much of anything, just something I was thinking of today. A few of my readers might even recognize the context. I really do recall it as I will say, and yet it’s a parable. Because I …

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On Sabbath and sacred time

Though modern Judaism rarely will use this rhetoric, I feel that Sabbath is a weekly preview of the Kingdom of God.

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On a passerby

The other day, driving over the Schuykill river, I was rudely cut off by a little blood-red and sporty-looking number, young man at the wheel glued to his cell phone as he threaded his way through the busy highway bridge. Three lanes pretty packed with cars and trucks, no real shoulder, metal on both sides, and only abyss underneath, and he ripped through us like a serrated knife, leaving behind jagged lines, brake lights, and rooster-like cries of the horns. Then he filled my cabin with exhaust and disappeared out of my life.

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