What is saving my life?

Everywhere we turn we are told by a soulless calculation what to read, what to watch, what to consume, what to be interested in, what to think. We are awash in what Colin Wright describes as “endless torrents of overt status-seeking, cold selling, and frenzied attempts to claim more of …

The past…

No amount of regret can bring reconciliation. “Nothing erases the past”, Ted Chiang says. “There is repentance, there is atonement, and there is forgiveness. That is all.” We can hope for mercy, without promise. We can seek redemption, without assurance. We can work toward restitution, without a guarantee. We can …

There is a door…

Depression turns the world into something small. Turns you into something smaller still. It blinks out the stars, blackens the sky, blocks out the sun ,and cloaks everything in varying shades of night. We adapt to surviving in the environment of the dark. Closed-in, closed-down, and boarded-up. We learn to …

My year in books: Nick Hornby

Like most people, I’m good at coming up with an idea, good at starting a project, good at setting a plan into motion, but not always great at seeing it through. About two weeks ago I started a blog series with the intent of highlighting some of the insightfully inspiring …

An altar at the checkout

Love is where you focus your gaze. Compassion is how you choose to see. Both are acts of intentionality, and both are ultimately creative. Both ask us to probe deeply into the strange and magical uncanniness found in even the most mundane moments of being here, of being present, of …

The middle…

Ann Lauterbach says that “the crucial job of artists is to find a way to release materials into the animated middle ground between subjects”, in order to better “initiate the difficult but joyful process of human connection”. To be an artist is to live in liminality. To understand the space …

How to (not) be an island…

Earlier this week I submitted another article to The Tattooed Buddha. I’m not sure when, or if, it’ll go live there, but here’s a small excerpt from the essay highlighting the various joys and pitfalls of (not) being an island. If the article gets published I’ll update this post with …

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