Why Look Back to Marcus Aurelius and Stoicism?

Right. Why look back to Marcus Aurelius and Stoicism? Huh? Why would we want to return to one of the last Roman Emperors and a Greek philosophy which personified rigorous self-denial, extreme fortitude and emotional indifference? One of the very first books I devoured as a college undergrad was Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. A college professor … [Read more]

14 Reasons Do You Solemnly Swear? Audio Book Late

Sorry for the deception in the title but there is only one reason that Do You Solemnly Swear? audio book is late.  We fell behind in the schedule. Way behind. But now that I have your attention, what do you think of the new ad which will begin running soon in Publisher’s Weekly? This will … [Read more]

Settling for Bette Midler’s God?

  “I think most of us are settling for Bette Midler’s God.” It was a terrific headline. Hardly what anyone expects a priest to say when starting his homily on a Bible passage. The priest smiled at the cognitive dissonance apparent in the expressions of each of us seated in front of him at Thursday’s … [Read more]

Looking for Heroes in All the Wrong Places

We have all spent time doing it: Looking for heroes in all the wrong places. Our movies and music reflect and sometimes magnify that desire to find someone who is an authentic hero. While watching Wonder Woman, we love imagining a woman with extraordinary physical and mental abilities. Maybe even a little identification with her. … [Read more]

The Pressure of Reality: Tyranny of the 24/7 News Cycle

The pressure of reality: What a wonderfully powerful phrase. And connecting the words of poet Wallace Stevens to the ‘tyranny’ of the omniscient, ubiquitous 24/7 news is brilliant. Let me explain. Recently, a good friend asked my opinion on the ongoing debates about Obamacare, the performance of the President with a couple of specific questions … [Read more]