Abortion and Personhood

A deep dive into personhood and its implications on abortion through analysis of directly applicable scripture, tradition, and reason, this post also probes deeply into the rationale of the Roe v. Wade decision and the court's self declared missing pieces. Why read this? Our society is in a battle over abortion.  Some believe that this…

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.…

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…

Simple solutions Part 2: Out of the Box

Problem Definition Requires Open Minds Continuing the series on Unhappy Simple yet simple solutions, we find ourselves at post #2: (Part 1) Blame is not a solution (This post) Problem definition requires open minds Problems and causality tend to repeat (learn your lessons well) Solutions that restrict freedom create oppression Happiness, Justice, and peace result…

Magic, Restorationism & Gnosticism

My wife Kathy has been watching some shows about a certain religious movement from the 19th century, one that is sometimes seen as a cult and that prompted a discussion that readers may find interesting, hence this post. I've grouped Magic, Restorationism, and Gnosticism together because, at their core, these three practices attempt to reclaim…

Unhappy yet simple solutions Part 1

It is said that 'the road to hell is paved with good intentions'.  I'd like to change that and say 'the road to disaster is paved with simple solutions'.  As humans, we have no choice but to have the perspective of an individual even though we may struggle to be wise and attain a more…

Religion, Temptation, and Evil 

  Religion, Temptation, and Evil.  Just the title is disconcerting! My forthcoming book, The Hunt for Happiness, provides fictional characters to give context for the battles that we all face in deciding what is “good” and what is “bad”.  My conclusions include a strong notion that our ever expanding set of rules, laws, taboos, words…