We Need Art To Inspire Us for Normal Days

Why do most of us only turn to inspirational art on exceptional days? There are few human beings who aren’t be lifted up by a beautiful, swelling piece of orchestral music. Even non-religious people can appreciate the poetry of the Hebrew Psalms. And if you meet someone […]

Would Immortality Be a Good Thing?

Is a 500-year lifespan goal likely to happen in our lifetime? Many of the most optimistic techno-futurists think so, with some even musing that we will eventually achieve immortality – the end of involuntary death. Of course, while most people are asking […]

Memories Keep: a Poem About Nostalgia

Memories keep Like my grandfather’s jacket Country music  And movies with my father   Memories keep Like a blade keeps its edge The beaten blows And the crucible flame   Memories keep The bulwark against struggle A past reminder Of […]

How Nerds Won the Culture

There’s a common trope that the popular kids in school will end up working for the nerds a few years after graduation. That may be true enough. But I think in the last 10 years, the nerds have won in […]

Love Is Powerless

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” – 1 John 4:18 Plenty of human relationships are about power. Usually […]

Why I Don’t Trust the Popular Kids

This is half tongue-in-cheek. If you were popular in school, I don’t distrust you – entirely. I don’t entirely trust the popular kids. Sure, when you’re in school, the popular kids are shiny and glamorous and interesting. You only want to […]

No One Cares About You, Yellow Lights

Let’s be honest, yellow lights: no one really cares about you. If an alien came to our planet and observed you, he would think your yellow light meant “DRIVE FASTER! CROSS THAT INTERSECTION NOW! SCREW PEDESTRIANS!” You’re like the mom of ten […]