Category Archives: Literature

Carpe Deum

“The greatest mystery is not that we have been flung at random between this profusion of matter and the stars, but that within this prison we can draw from ourselves images powerful enough to deny our nothingness.”

— Andre Malraux, from Les Noyers de l’Altenburg Continue reading


Filed under Ethics and Morality, Literature, symbolism

Technical Difficulties

The world’s most famous television test pattern was introduced by RCA in 1939 and was still in use until the 1970s. Continue reading


Filed under Communications, Emotions, Literature, Technology, Television, Thinking about thinking

Sisyphus and Me

One of my favorite authors I have not written about in this space is Albert Camus (1913-1960), a Nobel laureate (1957) who was both a superb novelist and an influential philosophic essayist.  In Camus’ view, life is an unsolvable situation which we (being what we are) will nonetheless die trying to solve.  This is not a condition which must lead to despair. Continue reading


Filed under Ethics and Morality, Literature, Metaphysics, symbolism

Yellow Brick Road

You’ll have a richer experience of life if you can look below the surface.  Our lives have meaning beyond what they appear to be outwardly.  A big part of learning to understand anything in more depth is to be able to make connections and recognize why and how things represent other things that are bigger in scope and more universal in significance.

That’s why I love the arts.  Great works of art open the door Continue reading


Filed under Cinema, Literature, Metaphysics, Self-Esteem, symbolism

St. Patrick Begat WordPress?

Patricius was born in a part of Britain under Roman rule in the year 387.  His grandfather was a priest, and his father a deacon.  His home was near enough to the coast that when pirate raiders came they took him for a slave.  He was in his teens.  He was taken to Ireland Continue reading


Filed under Ethics and Morality, Literature, Technology, Travel

Great Blogs (Part Three)

They Say Things Are Big in Texas…

Do you remember your teenage years?  Before I found out it was about Michelangelo, I assumed from the title that The Agony and the Ecstasy was about teenagers. Continue reading


Filed under Communications, Emotions, humor, Literature, Self-Esteem

Great Blogs (Part One)

Our Fish Ladder Contest Winners (and an Honorable Mention)

Two of our readers guessed Roseburg, Oregon, within 3 miles of Mikey’s true location, which was: Continue reading


Filed under humor, Literature, symbolism, Travel

Serpents and Seers

How’s this for a renovation?  This is part of the second and third floor exterior of Casa Batlló in Barcelona.  The building was already 27 years old when architects Antoni Gaudí and Josep Maria Jujol began work in 1904, and over a two year period they transformed the formerly ordinary structure into what the locals now call the Casa dels ossos (House of Bones). Continue reading


Filed under Literature, symbolism, Travel

You MUST Meet Mr. Dickens

The novels and stories of Charles Dickens, and the adaptations of them for other media, speak to us and teach us about our own times.  They are easy to read and filled with characters whose qualities we can see in ourselves and others.  If you haven’t met Mr. Dickens, you’ve missed a great pleasure. Continue reading


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Huge Misunderstandings


There once was a movie monster with a big, square head.  People called the monster Frankenstein.  However, Frankenstein was not the monster’s name.  Frankenstein was the name of the doctor who created the monster. Continue reading


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