Policy & Politics
Ethics and Wealth
On Tuesday, the 21st. The Guardian newspaper reported that Jeff Bezos’s wealth increased on the prior day by some $13B. … twice Vermont’s budget. His net worth now is some $189B. Bezos… Read More
Policy & Politics
Brave New World?
The pandemic foreplay we’re muddling through confronts each of us with life-threatening risk and prospective opportunities for renewal. Anyone not rethinking their own life, human life in general, a rationale… Read More
Religion & Spirit
Our Atlanta Family Wedding
We just attended a family wedding in Atlanta. And it was the kind of rare family event that stays with one for a lifetime. Not only a joyous commitment of… Read More
Religion & Spirit
A Different Catholic Church
I’ve been trying to picture the Catholic Church – the Mother Church if you will – as a matriarchy instead of a patriarchy, in which the first pope had been… Read More
Religion & Spirit
Religions of God and of Men
There are three catchment areas for the broken among us: hospitals, public schools, and jails. Healthcare is a third of our state budget, public education another third, and jails cost… Read More
Religion & Spirit
Is Being Rich a Sin?
I grew up in the arms of the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Morrisville and, although I fell out with the church in my teens, I maintained a deep friendship… Read More
Religion & Spirit
Men and their Sacred Writs
I’m not a biblical scholar but there is a wonderful passage in Matthew called “The Woes of the Pharisees and Scribes,” in which Christ – the son of God in… Read More
Religion & Spirit
The Scourge of Orthodoxy
Orthodoxy has never served mankind well. Like an angry Gorgon, it periodically emerges from its cave and breaths fire into religion, academia or politics, and then retreats in order to… Read More
Religion & Spirit
Empathy
Mercy derives from empathy or the capacity to experience another person’s feelings. The response from someone lacking empathy is most often framed intellectually or rationally rather than emotionally. If your… Read More
Religion & Spirit
Religious Wars
Whether I am ushered into the next world by a choir of cherubs or a bevy of trident-bearing imps, or whether I just compost quietly in nature’s great recycling system… Read More
Elegies
Homage aux soeurs
While visiting Québec City last week for the Fêtes de la nouvelle France, we were wandering through Place Royale surrounded by early Québec re-enactors in period pantaloons, rough linen shirts… Read More