“To Have a Home”

June 17th, 2017

This is a poem about love forlorn, home, and intimacy. It is somber and melancholy. It ends with the following lines:

Someday I might find a woman with whom I click, 
But the chances, and the waiting, are making me sick.

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“My Golden Trophies Are More Like Yellow”

golden trophies June 15th, 2017

My search for romantic love has seen some frustrating years, when fulfillment and joy seemed out of reach. Here is a stanza that characterizes this poem about belonging and meaning:

I will, at the current rate,
Die a lonely and heartbroken fellow.
Though I have won accolades, 
My golden trophies are more like yellow.

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“Does Love Survive Time?”

love May 8th, 2017

This is a poem about love – both the romantic version and the cooler, more stable one. Does it live or does it die; can it survive or must it wilt?

Perhaps poets have given rich lives
To fantasies created by their imagination,
Whilst the love of themselves and their wives
Is either a frozen pond or a wild conflagration.

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Peacemaking: Ethics in Action

April 9th, 2017

Peace is one of humanity’s highest aspirations, and our birthright. Yet, it is elusive, and becoming more so. To explore this simple yet complicated topic, Dee Aker, PhD, the Deputy Director of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at the University of San Diego, shared her words of wisdom with the listener

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The Glory and Beauty of Magnanimity

angels April 2nd, 2017

Albert Einstein said: “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” That is a wonderful quote about wisdom – well, magnanimity to be exact. Magnanimity is from the Latin magnus and animus, meaning “great spirit.” It’s a wonderful value that gets at high-mindedness, points to real class, and denotes a generosity of the heart. Compassion, empathy, and love undergird this phenomenon. Other similar and related virtues similar are grace, nobility, honor, chivalry, greatness, and magnificence. There are few values that reach as high and deserve as much respect as magnanimity, altruism, and kindness.

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Is Atlas Still “With Us?”

Dog March 17th, 2017

I was speaking with my wife yesterday about our dog, as it was the 1-year anniversary of his death. I noted that I was having trouble feeling acceptance, finding meaning, and being “okay” with his passing. It feels to me to be a loss — and very little consolation comes with that. It hurts. I feel like I used to have a great dog, but no more. She feels quite differently…

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