Culture | Learning | Personal Growth | Philosophy

Nature’s Pilot

“THE DEVIL. What is the use of knowing? DON JUAN. Why, to be able to choose the line of greatest advantage instead of yielding in the direction of the least resistance. Does a ship sail to its destination no better than a log drifts nowhither? The philosopher is Nature’s pilot. And there you have our…

Family | Philosophy | Poetry

Among the Trees (for Pops)

When I am among the trees,especially the willows and the honey locust,equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,they give off such hints of gladness,I would almost say that they save me, and daily. I am so distant from the hope of myself,in which I have goodness, and discernment,and never hurry through the world but…

Community | Culture | Writing

The Widest Helpful Influence

“There is no wealth but life. Life, including all its powers of love, of joy, and of admiration. That country is the richest which nourishes the greatest numbers of noble and happy human beings; that man is richest, who, having perfected the functions of his own life to the utmost, has also the widest helpful…

Exploration | Travel | Writing

Let Us Go Forth

“What is literature but the expression of moods by the vehicle of symbol and incident? And are there not moods which need heaven, hell, purgatory, and faeryland for their expression, no less than this dilapidated earth? Nay, are there not moods which shall find no expression unless there be men who dare to mix heaven,…

Culture | Exploration | Learning | Personal Growth | Philosophy

Becoming Equal to the Whole

“The problem with most people, he felt, is that they build artificial walls around subjects and ideas. The real thinker sees the connections, grasps the essence of the life force operating in every individual instance. Why should any individual stop at poetry, or find art unrelated to science, or narrow his or her intellectual interests?…

Exercise | Fitness | Habits | Health

A Fortnight of Motion

“The job of feets is walking, but their hobby is dancing.” – Amit Kalantri “When we breathe, we expand our life force.” – James Nestor, Breath There’s no secret to the key to life. Keep moving. Water stagnates when it sits still for too long, and it’s the same for our bodies. So keep the…

Culture | History | Music

More Than Just Names

Sleeping beauty awakes from her dreamWith her lover’s kiss on her lipsYour kiss was taken from meNow all I have is this– Bruce Springsteen, Countin’ On A Miracle Twenty years. I’m still here, just as I was that day, but everything has changed. What seemed important on the morning of September 11, 2001 disappeared from…