Commitment makes you fragile.

Almost a year ago I took a retreat to consider what I was up against starting this crazy get-an-MBA-and-start-a-business life. I decided that I had four priorities and everything else had to go. On and off French language study from the last two decades?  Dropped. Complicated knitting projects? No. Allowing yourself to leave a commitment is often essential to strengthening [...]

Aaron has a particular agitation about circular arguments in theology.  He sat down for our discussion of chapter 1 of Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be repeating an argument he had already made via email.  “Sin is anti-shalom and shalom is the absence of sin?  This is like saying 2 plus 2 is 4, and then you take away [...]

Last night Aaron had fallen asleep on the couch of the most disgusting Embassy Suites in America. Now the sun had been up a couple of hours and he hadn’t made a sound. I had been certain for about a week that something was going to prevent me from getting on my cruise ship that afternoon, and I started to [...]

Writing About a Book is a Gift

The first Christmas at college I gave editions of Krishnamurti to every relative I knew. A story so common and obnoxious it does not even require description. This is what people do when they give books isn’t it? Demand attention toward the book for some purpose. Demand attention toward a book because you liked to read it. It’s even worse [...]

“Remember when all the #NRA guys said that Travon Martin would still be alive if he’d had a concealed 9mm? Me neither.” -John Fugelsang That’s a year in a tweet right there. The top 10 headlines of year, compiled by Time on the 12th of December–before Sandy Hook, before the NRA press conference, before the tweet–are no picnic either. Somehow, [...]