The Ocean of Eternity

The Ocean of Eternity

Mortality and the purpose of life are prominent themes in Thomas Cole’s paintings. Through his paintings, he vividly brings out the human dilemma of mortality, a dilemma we ourselves must wrestle with. Given the inevitability of death, what are we to do with our days?...
Community and the Creative Spirit

Community and the Creative Spirit

Nietzsche With the Voice of an Angel   Ralph Waldo Emerson’s seminal essay, “Self Reliance,” remains the great paean to American individualism. As with all the man’s writings, it’s equal parts quotable and intoxicating, making the task of choosing a...
Not a Star for Wishing

Not a Star for Wishing

The Gift of Faith vs. the Grace of Faith Perhaps the best feature about the little condo I’m renting is a big skylight in the center of the vaulted ceiling. When I need a break from writing, I lay on the couch and look up at the passing clouds; or, if it’s nighttime,...