Kicking Through the Leaves

Contents

 

Foreword 3
Being Annoyable 7
"Don’t Just Do Something—Sit There!" 11
Pushing my Boundaries 14
Who’s In Charge Here? 17
Virtue 20
Being Wired 23
Music, Poetry and Meaning 27
A Steady Gaze 31
Community as Conversion Experience 34
The Value of Saintliness 38
Deadline 42
"The Sky is Falling!" 45
Music and Language 50
"We Hold These Truths . . ." 54
Rats 57
On Being Fully Alive 61
There are Beliefs, and then There are Beliefs 66
What I’ve Bought (so far) 69
Prosopagnosia 72
The Meaning Of Life 75
Astonishment 79
To the Ends of the Earth 83
The Quest for, and the Illusion of, Certainty 87
Logic, Truth and Fantasy 90
Elusive Realities 94
Sometimes I feel you love me 98
Retro 99
Liberal or Conservative? 102
Making it Up As We Go Along 106
Flattery 110
Winter Coming 114
Telling Stories 117
Twilight 120
Templates of the Mind 123
To Believe or Not to Believe 127
Water? What Water? 129
The Context of Politics 132
Humility 135
The Red Badge of Warfare 138
License to Lie 142
Plane in the Tree 145
Island Queen 160
War and the Single Girl 164
Sleeping Cat 166
Cityscapes 169
Circular Thinking 172
Hard to Keep Up 176
Tax Time – Test Time 179
The Mind-Body Conundrum 182
Whom Can We Believe? 185
I believe in Rainbows 190
Patterns, by Paul Simon and Douglas Hofstadter 194