From November, 2017

Not a Retreat – It’s an Advance

  More and more our virtual and actual lives are jockeying for position. This article spends zero time on the goodness, badness or effects. This is about how to use some aspects of virtual life to your personal existential advantage; or how you can use the idea of a digital retreat as an actual means…

The Other Addiction

We are, on some level, consumed with the question of life’s meaning – and death accentuates it. Our culture (any culture) promises what it can never deliver. In our culture – the Big Promise is Consumerism. If you have the right things you will be safe, happy and live a meaningful life. We call our…

Where Three People Have Gone Before…

Behold the ethereal snailfish! Well actually you cannot, for its habitat is 5 miles below the surface, so unless you possess the world’s greatest high pressure submarine (and the money to drop down into the Mariana Trench) you haven’t a chance. Watching the new BBC series Blue Planet II leaves the Scientist in awe and…

Awakened Within a Dream

In attempting to answer the question of human meaning, it is often helpful to turn to story because we are essentially relational beings whose meanings are found in a narrative way. This is how we function:  stories and the narratives we are building, allow, or otherwise envision hold the keys to the meaning of our…

Beauty, Art & the God Who is There

TURNING AND TURNING IN THE WIDENING GYRE THE FALCON CANNOT HEAR THE FALCONER; THINGS FALL APART; THE CENTRE CANNOT HOLD; MERE ANARCHY IS LOOSED UPON THE WORLD, THE BLOOD-DIMMED TIDE IS LOOSED, AND EVERYWHERE THE CEREMONY OF INNOCENCE IS DROWNED; THE BEST LACK ALL CONVICTION, WHILE THE WORST ARE FULL OF PASSIONATE INTENSITY. THE SECOND…

Matisse Revisited

I have loved Matisse forever. I considered naming my daughter Camille, well…you get it. I’m happy with Camille and so is she. But I first saw Matisse’s Jazz (cut-outs which are pretty simple but amazing) at the old SFMOMA with a group of high school students I had brought there for a retreat. We had stayed…