The Great Loneliness

The Great Loneliness

After that he began to dream of the long yellow beach and he saw the first of the lions … and he waited to see if there would be more lions and he was happy. What do lions have to do with a book about fishing off the coast of Cuba? According to Ernest Hemingway’s The...
Master of the Universe? What True Freedom Really Is

Master of the Universe? What True Freedom Really Is

I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul. These bold words are the famous final lines of Invictus by the English poet, William Ernest Henley. The name of the poem itself, in Latin, means, “unconquerable” or more loosely, “unable to be mastered.” My...
The Fall of Roe

The Fall of Roe

Roe has fallen. After nearly 50 years, the United States Supreme Court has struck down Roe v. Wade, perhaps the most infamous Supreme Court case in U.S. history. I can’t quite remember when I first heard the name of this case from January 1973, but I believe it was my...
I Do the Very Thing I Hate

I Do the Very Thing I Hate

Is the goodness of literature, like music and any other art, in the eye of the beholder? I’ve struggled recently. I love to listen to music: when I’m writing, when I’m working, when I’m doing the dishes, when I’m driving—whenever. However, sometimes I grow weary of...
The Three Kinds of Friends

The Three Kinds of Friends

It was a crisp Friday night in late September, about fifteen years ago. I had accepted the invitation to an informal gathering of friends in the common area of one of the college dorms.  A popular game among us was Apples to Apples, not so much for the pursuit of...

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