There Are No Orcs

There Are No Orcs

Stories like the Lord of the Rings make me want to do something brave. When the movie ends or I set down the book, I nearly call for my sword. But I have no sword or anyone to swing one at. Then I remember: there are no Orcs. I wish […]

Truth Proximity

Truth Proximity

A friend told me yesterday that she had reformulated her conception of truth. Previously she had thought that you either believed in universal objective truths that are plain for all to see, or had to take the other extreme as a total relativist. Now she thought the truth was somewhere […]

Dishwater — A Meditation

Dishwater — A Meditation

I own a mechanical dishwasher but wash my dishes by hand. I wash them in a portable plastic basin that collects the soiled water. I use this water in my garden, which is watered solely with dishwater and rain. The plants don’t seem to mind the diluted soap and enjoy […]

Relationship Yield

Relationship Yield

For a long time I thought you could tell how good a relationship was by the amount of work it took. Bad relationships took lots of work. Good ones were easier. Then I found out that great relationships take lots of work too. A couple who charts a course for […]

Breakfast with Tony

Breakfast with Tony

I sit alone in the crowded diner, but happily. Several others are alone too: a sad looking woman in her thirties, overweight; a gruff looking man in his sixties, engrossed in his newspaper. The woman looks so lonely. I’m not lonely, but this morning I’m feeling unusually compassionate. Should I […]