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Where Am I? ideas The search for self continues, in spite of everything. (2/4/2008)
Richard Dawkins vs. Ken Wilber ideas Confronting the seeming differences between the material and the mystic (2/4/2008)
Evolution and the Anthropic Principle ideas Yes, the evolutionary events that are us are incredibly improbable. (1/30/3008)
Wanting personal To be free of desire, they say, is to be free. (12/20/2007)
Cheshire Cat ideas Who we think we are isn't even half of it. (11/27/2007)
To the Editor of The Sun personal Feelings that go beyond words (11/10/2007)
"I Could Have Been a Contender" ideas Heroes and the American Dream (10/31/2008)
What I Wish I'd Said... ideas The mysterious forces that make us write (10/27/2007)
Keeping Up With the World ideas The myths we harbor that often aren't true (10/11/2007)
Naming the Unnamed ideas We have words for many things, but a lot that goes on inside us remains unnamed. (10/11/2007)
Snoozing in my Chair personal A poem. What else can I say?  (10/8/2007)
Flight of the Phoenix, Redux ideas Reason and logic may have their place, but . . .  (10/7/2007)
Remembering that First Kiss personal . . .  and other delights of age.  (10/1/2007)
The Power of Fog ideas At the limits of language, how do we continue?  (9/28/2007)
On God Being in the Details Music, Ideas Craftsmanship is inseparable from inspiration (9/13,2007)
Principles in Art ideas Rational Analysis goes only so far in telling us what a work of art really means (9/5/2007)
Spirit and Matter ideas More about Ken Wilber and the materialists (8/9/2007)
The Enlightenment Conundrum ideas Ken Wilber and the materialists, playing with my mind (8/2/2007)
On Believing ideas Beliefs and Meta-beliefs and human nature (7/26/2007)
My Visit with the Director of Lawrence Radiation Lab personal An "advice call" that was way out of my depth. (12/13/1994)
Plodding Down the Path, Seeking . . . What? personal Can a biological machine have free will?  (7/16/2007)
Read To Me personal A multi-media exploration of multi-media (7/4/2007)
Broad Minded ideas I don't like to feel I'm being put in a box (7/12/2007)
Flight 2200 fiction Jet Fatigue  (June 19, 2007)
Copyright Inheritance ideas Should Homer have protected his work?  (5/20/2007)
Lost to the Clouds personal Dreams sometimes reveal us to ourselves. (5/19/2007)
Mammogram personal When "one thing leads to another" goes too far (5/17/2007)
I'm Old, Old, he said personal Learning the art of making acquaintances. (5/15/2007)
Layers ideas The difficulty of trying to classify people (5/10/2007)
Patterns, by Paul Simon and Douglas Hofstadter ideas Is there a me, or am "I" just a pattern?  (4/18/2007)
I Believe in Rainbows ideas The Self, like the rainbow, may be an illusion (4/12/2007)  
Whom Can We Believe? ideas Is the whole world just somebody's opinion?  (4/1/2007)
Tax Time personal Sometimes I think I'll never outgrow the classroom.  (3/6/2007)
Water? What Water? ideas The more things change, the less we know of them.  (12/25/2006)
A Long, Drawn-Out Solstice ideas Musing on an astronomical curiosity (12/24.2006)
Telling Stories - 2 ideas My lesson in writing to be heard.  (12/14/2006)
Beliefs - Part Two ideas Some more thoughts about Sam Harris (10/14/2006)
Retro ideas  Fashions change--and sometimes return  (10/13/2006)
The Quest for Certainty ideas Certainty is an illusion, and its quest is sometimes counterproductive. (8/25/2006)
To the Ends of the Earth ideas Boundaries that don't exist. (8/10/2006)
Astonishment ideas It's about expectations and disappointments. (8/4/2006)
The Meaning of Life ideas An ever-receding question. (7/27/2006)
Prosopagnosia personal It's called "Face-Blindness" and I have the next thing to it. (7/13/2006)
On Being Fully Alive personal Diane Ackerman continues to inspire me. (7/3/2006)
Rats personal A memoir about an incident that still intrigues me. (6/15/2006)
We Hold These Truths... ideas Powerful as it is for us, the Declaration of Independence is not the word of God. (6/14/2006)
Music and Language ideas Maybe the Neanderthals sang instead of thinking. (5/30/2006)
Circular Thinking ideas A musing about why we feel bad. (5/22/2006)
There Are Beliefs, and . . . ideas Sam Harris's book has a near-fatal weakness. (5/4/2006)
Runaway World ideas Thomas Friedman's new book, The World is Flat, gave me some things to think about (12/9/2005)
Deep Playmate ideas Diane Ackerman has a good idea; I wish only that she had had a better editor. (11/10/2005)
An Alchemy of Telling ideas Diane Ackerman at her best, and writing about the mind -- I loved it! (10/30/2005)
John personal Someone I met a long time ago, but never forgot. (8/10/ 2005)
If I Should Die before I Wake . . . personal A bedtime prayer my mother taught me, that I've learned all over again. (6/30/ 2005)
Habits ideas We're stuck with having them, but we're not stuck with particular habits. (6/23/ 2005)
Theme Song Nostalgia personal The story of my life can be told in music. (6/9/ 2005)
Cultural Genes ideas We haven't left evolution behind, but the Big Game is now in our court. (5/26/ 2005)
The Joy of Science ideas Fame and fortune may motivate scientific inquiry, but something else is often more important. (5/19/ 2005)
The Conundrum of Human Nature Ideas The nature-nurture issue, re-examined. Just because it's natural, does that make it right? (5/13/2005)
No, the Computer Isn't Smarter than I Am! Ideas A bit of advice from a computer mentor (5/9/2005)
Fight or Flight or . . . What? personal I've learned something about myself that I'm not comfortable with, but . . . (4/26/2005)
Minor Island personal A memoir of an early experience that gave me a better sense of myself. (composed 7/21/2001, posted 4/20/2005 )
Landings II and III personal Sentimental journeys, there and back, at 30,000 feet. (composed 2001, posted 4/16/2005)
A Rant on Religion Ideas About tolerance and truth (4/1/2005)
"The West Wing" Turning Right? Ideas It's only a television program, but there's something important about it, and maybe it's time for a change (3/24/2005)
The Geometry of Spring Ideas How come the winter sunrise doesn't change with the winter sunset? And other musings. (3/11/2005)
Music as Language Music, Ideas I love music, but I don't always understand it. (3/3/2005)
The Sun on Me in the Morning personal There are some important things in my life, and this is one. (2/2/2005)
What is Art? Ideas Just because somebody says it is art doesn't make it true--or false (1/31/2005)
Missing Pieces personal Those little dreams and bits of dreams influence us all our lives (1/20/2005)
Beauty and Spirit Ideas There's something more to beauty than entertainment. (1/3/2005)
Living Simply personal What do I really Want from Life? (1/28/2005)
Voices personal The mind is a mysterious thing. (2/8/2003)
I Had a Brother, Once personal Blood doesn't always define relationships. (12/2/2004)
You Don't Understand Us ideas Osama bin Laden's attempt to influence the U.S. elections. (11/16/.2004)
The New God of Probability ideas Statistics are taking the place of burning bushes (8/26/1994 - 11/11/2004)
The Wild One Personal Sometimes, it feels right to just let go. (3/11/1995)
Insurance Personal All is impermanent, as The Buddha says. (10/22/2004)
The Cost of Health Care Personal The cost/benefit dilemma that will continue to grow. (10/15/2004)
Gene Hackman as President? Ideas Fear seeks simple answers. (10/8/2004)
Being Lifted Out of the Ordinary Ideas or, "People whom it would be wonderful to know..." (9/9/2004)
Popular Music Ain't What it Used to Be Music, Personal Sometimes it moves me, but the old show tunes stay in my head. (7/2/2004)
Sleeping Beauty Personal My life seems full of mysteries--or is it just one?  (6/18/2004)
Once or Twice Fiction A film/video script inspired by a haunting song (4/12/2000)
The Head and the Heart Ideas I have always felt two kinds of pull at me, my intellectual curiosity and my emotional hunger for—something. (6/5/2004)
"Pay attention!" Ideas The words came to me as if they had been spoken aloud. But of course they weren't. (5/26/2004)
Music, Poetry and Meaning Music, Ideas True meaning often comes to us, when it does, by a side door. (5/6/2004)
On Seeking Truth Ideas "Truth is not elusive," he says. But clarity is obscured by our own filters. (4/23/2004)
Full Moon Personal Somethin' in the way she moves me . . . (4/9/2004)
Perceptions and Reality Ideas Just because something feels true doesn't mean necessarily that it is. (4/2/2004)
The Marriage Bond Ideas Opposite Sex, Same Sex--isn't the commitment the important thing? (3/20/2004)
Taboo is a Right-Brain Activity Ideas Humans are a rational species, but . . . (3/3/2004)
Are We Connected? Personal Going from the general to the particular isn't always easy. (2/28/2004)
Copyright versus Copyleft Ideas, etc As a writer, I want to protect what's mine. As a citizen, sometimes, . . . (2/8/2004)
Manual Focusing with the Nikon CP5700 Photography It's not as intuitive as it might be -- here's some help. (1/14/2004)
Concert for George Music, Personal Nostalgia for a more innocent age. (12/28/2003)
Zoë Moon Personal The sculptor's gift from the gods. (12/28/2003)
An Opportunity to Feel Personal Reading can't replace experience, but sometimes, when it's all I've got, . . . (12/28/2003)
Who's In Control Here? Ideas, etc Mostly, we are confident that we're in charge. Sometimes, however... (12/24/2003)
Analogue Ideas, etc Words cannot be more than metaphors for real experiences--or people. (12/24/2003)
Over the River and Through the Woods . . . Personal Christmas will never be the way it was. (12/24/2003)
Commitment Ideas, etc Much confusion--and heartache--surrounds this word. (11/12/2003)
Music for Non-Musicians Music, Ideas Music, above just about everything, touches us beyond words. (11/6/2003)
Cycles of Transcendence Ideas, etc. The process of "transcend and include" is not just a spiritual event. (11/6/2003)
Saving Daylight Personal The swing toward darkness portends bigger things for me. (10/24/2003)
Garage Sale Personal Musing on all the "stuff" I accumulate.  (10/6/2003
Prejudice Ideas, etc. It's not enough to be tolerant of other groups. (9/22/2003)
Ego and Self Ideas, etc. How is a sense of the self important--if the self is only an illusion? (7/31/2003)
The Big Picture Ideas, etc. How do we talk about transcendence? (7/3/2003)
Perspective Ideas, etc. The Good, the True, and the Beautiful--which is truly important? (6/12/2003)
Mindfulness as Larger Mind Ideas, etc. Intuition, wisdom--and even enlightenment--come from mindful living (6/4/2003)
Small Things Fiction Small things that enable large things to happen (6/4/2003)
Assignment Ideas, etc. A not-taken-very-seriously assignment in my writing group (5/2/2003)
Gimme That Ole Time Photography Photography Struggling with nostalgia, excellence and anticipation (4/25/2003)
Left Turn Fiction One of those everyday experiences (4/18/2003)
The Power of Words Ideas, etc. In the best of relationships, sometimes words separate us (4/10/2003)
Pushing On Personal Rethinking some old habits (3/28/2003)
My Little Town Personal My home town is in my head, and is keeping me from seeing what is. (3/14/2003)
Grasping Personal When I want something more. (3/7/2003)
That . . . Sense of History Fiction A story about an encounter with the past (2/15/2003)
Meteors Ideas, etc. Falling stars and other objects. (2/6/2003)
State of the Union Ideas, etc. After hearing President Bush's 2003 address. (1/30/2003)
Click! Ideas, etc. It’s the mystery of emotions that give them such power over us. The mystery and the awe. (1/20/2003)
Conversations Ideas, etc. Right and wrong, ideals, and e-mail. (1/16/2003)
Innocence Films Paul Cox's Australian film from 2000 (10/17/2002)
Memory Personal "From out of the past . . ." (11/22/2002)
Intuition Ideas, etc. Some more poking around in "consciousness." (11/15/2002
Out of My Mind Ideas, etc. Who's in charge here? Me?  (11/8/2002)
The West Wing Personal or--"What is True?" Some thoughts about television and me (10/25/2002)
Everything is Impermanent Personal Old memories never die, they just fade away (10/21/2002)
Boomeritis Books About Ken Wilber's new novel. Can one be born in 1929 and be a Baby Boomer? (10/17/2002)
Music and Magic Music Sometimes, music transforms experience (10/8/2002)
Family Thoughts Ideas, etc. We like to think that we make the important decisions, but . . . (9/26/2002)
Community as Surrender Community The paths of growth take similar directions (9/19/2002)
Muscles Personal I didn't think I needed them anymore, until . . . (9/5/2002)
One Life Ideas, etc. What's one life, more or less? (8/29/2002)
Telling Stories Ideas, etc. It seems to be built into us, but sometimes things interfere.  (8/22/2002)
Small World Ideas, etc. "Six degrees of separation" between us and them. (7/18/2002)
Bigger Realities Ideas, etc. Some things, I may understand and deal with; others, well . . . (6/29/2002)
What Comes Next? Ideas, etc. I don't know where all my words come from, but I'm working on it. (6/20/2002)
Dawn Personal What's so special about those soft moments of the day?  (written 7/6/ 2001, revised 6/ 14/ 2002)
Gaslight Personal I can still hear the soft pop and then the hollow hiss of the streetlamp coming on in front of my grandmother’s house. . .  (6/6/2002)
Humor as a higher level of consciousness Ideas, etc. Does insight have to be so serious? (5/30/2002)
Getting the Redeye Out Photography A trick using Photoshop to fix up digital photographs (5/17/2002)
Emotional Habits Personal A family gathering reminded me of my loneliness (4/25/2002)
Sometimes, everything goes wrong, but before it goes . . . Ideas, etc. Bad breaks may not be the worst thing that can happen (4/21/2002)
Beyond All That Music When Harry James doesn't do it for me anymore (2/27/2002)
Cohousing - Community in Action Community A relatively new form of intentional community (2/12/2002)
Emotional Resonance Ideas, etc. If only I weren't so limited by words! (1/31/2002)
Extraordinary Respect Ideas, etc. I wrote this some time ago for another Web site, but it belongs here (2/10/2001)
My Shadow, For Better or Worse Personal No, not that dark spot on the sidewalk--the one inside me. (1/3/2002)
The Power of Eyes Personal I guess I ain't dead yet--or safe from my own weaknesses. (12/13/2001)
The Irony of Being a Vegetarian Personal Sometimes two related values don't work very well together. (12/7/2001)
Insight Meditation: 
Practice Makes Perfect
Ideas, etc. (Subtitled: A Nerd's Eye View) My current answer to "Why do you meditate? (11/20/2001)
She Blushed Personal After attending a concert in Toledo (11/16/2001)
The Wreck of the U.S.S.Shenandoah Flying Things I discovered some photos of this disaster in an old family album. (11/11/2001)
The Mouse in the Basement Personal They keep appearing, and I keep thinking about them--and about me. (10/18/2001)
Us—and Them Ideas, etc. September 11 inspired this one (9/28/2001)
Passion Personal The losses—and regrets—of aging. (8/19/2001)
Paradox and Paradigm Ideas, etc. The changing nature of reality (8/10/2001)
To Reach . . . Ideas, etc. About photography—and relationship (6/26/2001)
I Don't Understand Ideas, etc. I can't know everything about everything, of course. But sometimes . . . (June 9, 2001)
Mind and Matter Personal The question, "Who Am I?" keeps coming up. (4/12/2001)
"Do You Love God?" Personal Important Questions — and Fear. (3/22/2001)
Don, the Romantic Ideas, etc. Music does it again. A memory. (written 5/6/99, revised 3/16/2001)
Writer's Lament Personal Maybe it's just the time of year  (3/1/2001)
The Guy in the Blue Saab Ideas, etc. Another wondering about my own behavior (1/31/2001, written in May, 1995)
Releasing Dreams Personal Urges to create seem to find their ways home (1/15/2001)
The Sound of Silence Ideas, etc. My love-hate relationship with it (12/13/2000)
Eating is an Intimate Act Ideas, etc. On choosing not to eat meat (11/28/2000)
Relating to Cats and Dogs Personal I'm intrigued by the difference (10/4/2000)
Evolution of Spiritual Capacity Ideas, etc. What seems to be reason to hope, although we might not  (6/14/2000)
Dreams of Home A little bit about a book just finished (6/5/2000)
On Cloning and Other Experiments . . . Ideas, etc. Thoughts on what we ought to do. (4/19/2000)
Free as a Bird Personal It wasn't written recently, but I just rediscovered it, and it still has an impact on me. (3/31/2000)
Creativity and Psychic Phenomena Ideas, etc. A small "Aha!" while reading. (3/9/2000)
Jack R. Gibb Community Three small books Gibb wrote but hadn't published at his death, and his big one. (3/5/2000)
Magic in My Life Ideas, etc. A disquieting thought about my own growth--or lack of it. (3/1/2000)
My Difficulty with Aaron Ideas, etc. What "the spirit world" does for me--and doesn't. (1/23/2000)
Silk Scarf Personal Some thoughts about realities. (11/4/99)
Alice at 21 Personal I came across an old photo of my mother. (10/27/99)
Mindfulness and Mysticism Ideas, etc. Must there be a connection?  (5/21/99)
Levels of Consciousness Ideas, etc. Trying to understand the ideas of Ken Wilber (9/9/1998)
Cookies and Milk Personal At a sleepless 2:00 A.M., I was reading and was reminded of something from about 66 years ago. Read it, and maybe do some remembering of your own. (1/22/99)
The Taste of Irony Ideas, etc. I wrote a kind of book review even before I had finished reading the book. It will be interesting to me to go back to this after I've read it all.    (1/12/99)
Music Appreciation Class Ideas, etc. I don't know what prompts a lot of my writing. I try not to let the impulse get away without my doing something about it. This  suddenly grew out of an experience I had. (1/14/99)
There are a lot of animals in the mountains Personal and I wrote about a few, and about a special kind of caretaker . . .  Click here to read about them (with photos). (2/1/99)

 

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