Happy Manners

The movie theatre near my home has, consistent with recent trends, ripped out the old stadium chairs and replaced them with reserved seating in the form of luxury recliners with trays and generous drink holders. The theatre also provides dine-in services; pressing a call button summons a waiter to your seat. In the dark, servers scurry about delivering food and cocktail orders. Despite the...

Resurfacing

Time seems to be speeding up, contracting and expanding. So many changes have happened. It is impossible to keep up and it is easy to lose my balance in the onslaught. It feels like it was just weeks before - not almost three years ago - that I sat in front of election results with an old friend on the phone. We both sat in horror and fear. I was in a panic, but eventually, I learned to lean...

Gifts

Today is Boxing Day, officially called a "bank holiday" it was the day after Christmas when the servants of the rich were given their bonus and given time off to go visit their families. Though I am neither a servant in the strictest definition of the word, nor am I a tradesman, I am taking the day to relax and reflect on the year and recuperate from a busy two days. I am not predisposed to like...

Bodies: Possession v. Being

Many philosophies and religions view the body as a container for the spirit. We've all heard that our body is a temple; a temporary housing for our immortal True Self. Some have irreverently (and hilariously) referred to the body as a "Meat Car." But what if they are wrong? What if we are our bodies? What if this bone, sinew, and flesh is the crystallized manifestation of our spirit? What if the...

Cultivating Excellence

It is a pity that our culture celebrates the prodigies. We hold up those with preternatural abilities as examples and role models. We marvel at their inborn talents and the ease in which they execute seemingly impossible feats. It is unfortunate, because celebrating prodigies fosters an attitude that if we just keep trying new things, eventually we too will find that untapped, latent genius...