Month: May 2020

Lifestyle | Writing

Treasure Hunting

“It’s not enough to reach the treasure, one must bring it back.” – Roger Lipsey I’m a collector of words and music.  I find them in the wild and then bring them back in quotes and playlists.  Perhaps that’s enough for the blog or drinks with friends, but I have all the other treasure that…

America | Culture

American Outrage, Revisited

I’m past the point where I tell my adult children that they should be patient, that things will work out, that this too shall pass.  There’s outrage in this country over politics, race, sexual preference, identity, infringement on Rights, and countless other injustices.  But injustice has been a part of American life since Myles Standish…

Travel

Sea Change

“The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides.” – Jules Verne I’ve been to the desert, and I’ve been at sea. There’s magic in both places, but…

Career

Act

“To act is to modify the shape of the world.” – Jean-Paul Sartre It’s a shame that the phrase have a bias towards action spun into cliché business speak, because I do believe having a bias towards action serves you well in this world.  For me it’s a kick in the ass reminder to get…

Culture | History | Travel

Revisiting Belém Tower

Perched on the Northern Shore at the Mouth of the Tagus River, Belém Tower is a time machine back to the Age of Discovery.  It was built while Ferdinand Magellan was still making the first circumnavigation of the globe, a high point on a string of maritime milestones for Portugal.  It was designed by Francisco…

Art | Lifestyle | Writing

Life, Intensified

“The purpose of art is not a rarified, intellectual distillate—it is life, intensified, brilliant life. – Alain Arias-Misson I stepped into the deep end early this morning, plunging straight down to touch the bottom and felt my body slowly rise with thousands of bubbles tickling my skin as we all escaped to the surface together….

America | Lifestyle | Travel

Owning a Pool

I dove into deep water Saturday, grateful for the pool heater and the money to pay for the luxury of it.  I’m pretty sure that if I had to do it all over again I’d never have invested in a pool. I’m not wealthy, but I might be if I didn’t have it.  And since…

History

Memorial Day

“And if any gaze on our rushing band, We come between him and the deed of his hand, We come between him and the hope of his heart.” – W.B. Yeats, The Hosting of the Sidhe Today is Memorial Day in the United States.  A day to remember those who sacrificed everything that we might…

Philosophy | Stoicism

Rejoice In This Moment

“Rejoice in the things that are present; all else is beyond thee.” – Michel de Montaigne “My formula for greatness in a human being is amor fati: that one wants nothing to be different, not forward, not backward, not in all eternity. Not merely bear what is necessary, still less conceal it . . ….

Habits | Writing

Realizing the Path

“The path of water is not noticed by water, it is realized by water.… To study the way is to study the self, to study the self is to forget the self, to forget the self is to awaken into the ten thousand things.” – Brian Doyle, from the Forward of One Long River Of…