Realists of a Larger Reality

“We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings.” – Ursala K. LeGuin


Ozeki’s “Tale” Entangles Readers

First sixteen pages
Seventeen footnotes ask, “Is
She making this up?”

A Tale for the Time Being


The Breastplate of St. Patrick

St. Patrick by Hamish Burgess

I bind unto myself the power /
Of the great love of the cherubim; /
The sweet ‘well done’ in judgment hour, /
The service of the seraphim, /
Confessors’ faith, Apostles’ word, /
The Patriarchs’ prayers, the Prophets’ scrolls, /
All good deeds done unto the Lord, /
And purity of virgin souls.


Creation Groans

By Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK (Falcon 4 Uploaded by Magnus Manske) [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Turning & turning – and do we now see /
Mere anarchy at last upon the world?


Rodin’s Thinking Poet

Rodin, "The Gates of Hell"

For Rodin the sculptor, every aspect of action, character, and spirit that he wanted to convey had to be embodied in the physical form of his works. It’s a reminder to us that we, too, are bodily works.


Terrible Goodness

Nature’s so terribly good. Don’t you think so, Mr. Stanhope?”


This Bloomsday, Ulysses is Free – Yes!

Got your Guinness? Then here’s Marcella Riordan as Molly Bloom (from the highly recommended Naxos audiobook), in a final affirmation of love & life.


On the Discipline of Seeing

Pastor David E. Carlson at Fresh Read tells what painting has taught him about studying the Word.


Bugs Bunny Stole My Cognitive Surplus!

Bugs Bunny’s first appearance, July 27th, 1940, was nominated for an academy award.


The Play’s the Thing

That we can watch such things for free over the internet via PBS is something for which I am immensely grateful. That this is just one more story we share as a family – that’s priceless.


The Infinite Book: The Plastic Logic Reader (and the Real Nature of Books)

A book is essentially whole, unitary — a little world of human thought, word, & spirit, chosen, shaped, and bound within its covers. Books are bundles; a book is what is bound together. For what makes a book more than it’s binding?


Joy to the World (Bruce Cockburn)

Bruce Cockburn’s Christmas is a tradition around here. Thanks to Quercus126 for providing this rendition. If you want to hear it played by the man himself, it’s here: