The more we lock away, the greater the cost our humanity pays.

  New music can satisfy even those among us who harbor suspicions about the power of consumerism to sully mass-market artistic creations.  I’m specifically thinking of “This is America” by Childish Gambino/Donald Glover, the video for which exemplifies the intensity of living with eyes so open to self and world that those observing cannot resist being…

Even when unintended, our ability to love may be influential.

Are we ever able to count upon anything as a common shared experience among all humans?  Though the effort to do so  may be born of good intentions and a desire to empathize, the attempt also seems inevitably doomed to dismissal via rigid relativism, and/or mockery via nihilism (that most undemanding and uncreative of the…

Our instructions for Democracy strive to link justice with mercy.

The Declaration of Independence is a pro-immigrant document.  Among the complaints against the royal monarchy: “He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.” As we…

Every individual action marks the culmination of choices made by the masses.

Each time I throw something in the garbage, particularly plastic wrappings, my heart sinks with dismay and guilt.  So I wrote poem about it:   aching reproach of silenced heart as hands release another piece of refuse newly named into eternity contained by plastic bags cinched so nothing disintegrates to grow the weighted piles with…

If it is fearful to be missing, does that mean safety can be found?

Though I have neglected many things internet, I have sown a quantity of seeds, used my leisure for reading paper texts, and graduated from dingy plastic baggies to vintage apothecary bottles for my cooking spices. And while all this does mean a slight sense of feeling overwhelmed and behind upon checking my email or WordPress…

With little time to spare, it’s best spent to benefit the many.

Now that I am working full days,  off-the-clock time expenditures are considerably  more limited.  Therefore, each bit time potentially of great value, depending on what I do prioritize. Alas,  I have let many days of splendid librarian looks slip by because so busy with books.  However, it does seem important to continue writing out my…