Short Drive to Oblivion

They found him dead of carbon monoxide poisoning, in his running car, in the garage of vacationing friends.  “I am not a quitter.” his note concluded.  The massive police hunt for Dr. Bill ended, his estate was sued and lost, and many wondered what the hell had just happened. What follows is the true tale…

Intelligence and Happiness

The closing stanza of Thomas Gray's "Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College" reads: To each his sufferings: all are men, Condemn'd alike to groan— The tender for another's pain, Th' unfeeling for his own. Yet, ah! why should they know their fate, Since sorrow never comes too late, And happiness too swiftly flies? Thought would…

Pondering Education

To see what is wrong, one needs an example of what is good and right. Using my education at St. Martins Episcopal School in Metairie as the good and right example shines a bright light on what we're doing wrong. A good education allows people to teach themselves and encourages them to do just that.…

More progress

The Hunt for Happiness: Conversations on Truth paperback proof copy is in shipment to my house for final review, the last tweaks to the e-book are in progress, and I'm in conversations with a marketing firm to help get the book in front of people.

Shifting views of the divine

Archaeological and literary evidence shows that our concept of and relation to god or the gods has changed over the past six thousand years, this being the titular "great shift" of James Kugel's The Great Shift: Encountering God in Biblical Times.  After study of this excellent book, I could not help but ask some questions. Has God…

Jesus and the Hunt for Happiness

The Hunt for Happiness: Conversations on truth uses my life, fictive stories, and characters to focus on why we make it so hard to help and love one another.  That struggle, focused on controlling rules and behaviors, is the major theme throughout the book.  The ultimate goal is to live in world similar to the Kingdom of…

Learn Your Lessons Well

Problems and causality tend to repeat Simple Solutions Part 3 (Part 1) Blame is not a solution (Part 2) Problem definition requires open minds (This Post) Problems and causality tend to repeat (learn your lessons well) Solutions that restrict freedom create oppression Happiness, Justice, and peace result from well solved problem Problems with problems In…

Feast of the Grinch

He's a mean one!   My heart grew ten sizes that day, it’s true But back in my cave, I’m now very blue. How dare they be happy and full of joys And it’s not because I returned all their toys. The food was great and I didn’t pay a cent I did them no…