Courage for a person to listen…

Each person has inside a basic decency and goodness. If he listens to it and acts on it, he is giving a great deal of what it is the world needs most. It is not complicated but it takes courage. It takes courage for a person to listen to his own goodness and act on… Continue reading Courage for a person to listen…

Universal, or: Particular

My 2nd dribble EPIGRAPH: You won't burn in hell. But be nice anyway.-Ricky Gervais (b. 1961) despite my circumcision I came to the decision to reject senseless division with the one provision that others are nice The dribble The dribble is a brief poem consisting of exactly 100 letters (not 100 characters—spaces and punctuation are… Continue reading Universal, or: Particular

Solitude, or: Loneliness

An abhanga EPIGRAPH: Our language has wisely sensed the two sides of being alone. It has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word solitude to express the glory of being alone.-Paul Tillich (1886 – 1965) Solitude, glorious? That's weak consolation in dark isolation, dying, diseased. Solitude,… Continue reading Solitude, or: Loneliness

Tell me, or: Take me

An abhanga EPIGRAPH: The most powerful words in English are 'Tell me a story,' words that are intimately related to the complexity of history, the origins of language, the continuity of the species, the taproot of our humanity, our singularity, and art itself. -Pat Conroy (1945 – 2016) Please ~ tell me your story of… Continue reading Tell me, or: Take me

A special kind of beauty exists…

Language is the dress of thought.-Samuel Johnson (1709 – 1784) Language is a living thing. We can feel it changing. Parts of it become old: they drop off and are forgotten. New pieces bud out, spread into leaves, and become big branches, proliferating.-Gilbert Highet (1906 – 1978) Language is the most extraordinary invention in the… Continue reading A special kind of beauty exists…

To possess a second soul…

Language exerts hidden power, like the moon on the tides.-Rita Mae Brown (b. 1944) Language is a virus from outer space.-William S. Burroughs (1914 – 1997) To have another language is to possess a second soul.-Charlemagne (748 – 814) Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another… Continue reading To possess a second soul…