The Tao of Love and Light: Riffing on physics and faith

The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels Between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism

The following is a comment storm that blew out of a seemingly innocent status message I posted on Facebook. It got a few of us thinking, and I think the thinking in it, on all sides, is interesting. Note that the quote, by Stephen Edwards, is not taken from the […]

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To Kill a Mockingbird: the courage of Atticus Finch

Too Kill a Mockingbird ~ The Verdict is Read

It’s the 50th anniversary of the publishing of Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, and I’ve got the film paused, just after the scene in which the verdict is handed down. Guilty. Both the film and the book resonate very deeply with me, in all the themes they touch […]

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Peter Gabriel & Ken Follet: Fear, the mother of violence

Peter Gabriel - Scratch

A while ago I was reading Ken Follet’s The Pillars of the Earth. Set amidst the brutality of the English middle ages, it’s interesting to see how all Follet’s characters experience fear, and more interesting how they respond to it and how, oftentimes, they are controlled by it, particularly the […]

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A Manual on the Art of Fiction, fact and truth

A Manual on the Art of Fiction ~ Clayton Meeker Hamilton

It is only in the vocabulary of very careless thinkers that the words truth and fiction are regarded as antithetic. A genuine antithesis subsists between the words fact and fiction; but fact and truth are not synonymous. The novelist forsakes the realm of fact in order that he may better […]

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Butterflies: Hope for the caterpillars

Book cover for Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus

While we’re still fresh with images of butterflies… ‘How does one become a butterfly?’ she asked pensively.   ‘You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.’ ~ Trina Paulus,    from Hope for the Flowers I posted this as a note on […]

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Winnie the Pooh and the Vinegar Tasters

The Tao of Pooh ~ Benjamin Hoff

The Vinegar tasters is among my favourite allegories and provides an excellent introduction to the three philosophies that dominated China through thousands of years: Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. For me, the most important of these is Taoism, a gentle, soulful and luminous philosophy. I’m going to be lazy and let […]

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The Butterfly through the eyes of Zorba the Greek

Zorba the Greek, by Nikos Kazantzakis

 The Butterfly I remember one morning when I discovered a cocoon in the back of a tree just as a butterfly was making a hole in its case and preparing to come out. I waited awhile, but it was too long appearing and I was impatient. I bent over it […]

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Fugitive Peace

Fugitive Pieces ~ Love Scene

I watched the film adaptation of Anne Michaels’ novel, Fugitive Pieces today. One of the most achingly beautiful love scenes I’ve ever seen is followed, closely, by Michaela picking up Jakob’s journal, holding it, looking at it, quizzically, curiously. she seems to be asking of it, “what else might you […]

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Beauty, Cathedrals, Purpose: The Pillars of the Earth

St. Denis Cathedral, Paris, France

It wasn’t very far into Ken Follet’s, The Pillars of the Earth before I understood what might be enthralling the people who’ve been telling me I should read it. “Because it will be beautiful,” Tom the Builder answered Prior Philip. By beautiful Tom didn’t mean simply pretty, or artful. He […]

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