Writers Conference September 30, 2017

On Saturday, September 30 the Lorain County Public Library System offered a writers conference at the North Ridgeville branch.  I attended along with about eighty other local writers gathered to learn the strategies for getting published.  The speaker was Chuck...

Art Is Not . . . Art Is

Art is not something to look at. Art is the act of seeing. Art is not something to look at. Art is a lesson on seeing. Art is not something to look at. Art breaks the looking glass so we can see past our reflection in the mirror....

Libraries

If all the words expressing all the thoughts contained in all the libraries of the world came pouring like noisy bangers out of bars into city streets shouting three cheers for thoughtful reflection, how much good would this riot of intelligence do?  How much good has...

Walt Whitman’s American Dream

After reading Walt Whitman’s great celebration of America, how can things go so wrong?  After Song of Myself, how could we forget who we are and who we can be?  Maybe we didn’t read it. Maybe we need to read it again. A current slogan stirs the pot of...

The Thrill of Phenomenology

Two words you seldom have seen together, ‘thrill’ and ‘phenomenology’.  Perhaps the later word you’ve never seen at all. We will begin there. Phenomenology is a philosophical word.  It begins with things as they are – – – wait for it –...

The Double Bind

The double bind of our human nature; the more  human we become the more unnatural we are. To date, our human enterprise has been  to become less and less a part of and more and more apart from the natural world. Because of this, humanity suffers and the biosphere...