Archive | January 2014

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DOWN TO THE SEA IN SHIPS


“PORTUGUESE FISHERMAN” Antonio Rodrigues by KSR What brings us our endless fascination with the sea? Perhaps it is that we can never be quite sure what lies underneath that watery surface. Men have plowed the seas for countless millennia in all kinds of weather and in all kinds of boats. Vikings sailed to England, France […]

CHECKS AND BALANCES


watercolor painting by KSR Some years ago, when I was teaching at our local Community College, it occurred to me that everybody was younger and smarter than I was. They used cultural references I knew nothing about, they were up on all the newest movies, dance steps and music. (And they didn’t get out of […]

NOTABLE AND QUOTABLE


From Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s speech to the Israeli Knesset in Jerusalem, Jan. 20: Israel is the only country in the Middle East which has long anchored itself in the ideals of freedom, democracy and the rule of law. And these are not mere notions. They are the things that over time and against […]

FOLLOW THE PATH UP THE HILL


Just put one foot in front of the other till you get there. Those were not the words my father said to me, but that was their general meaning as I was to set off for a new school in Port Orchard, WA. Having recently moved from city living to this small waterfront town, everything […]

THE HABIT OF CONNECTIVITY


“Harlequin” by KSR We have all been told repeatedly that the key to a good relationship is to understand clearly just what the other person wants. That sounds pretty easy, except that the other person frequently doesn’t know what the heck he really wants. This makes it difficult because all his wants then begin to […]

ALAS! WE ARE NOT ALIKE


“Tootling Through The Poppies” KSR In my last post I wrote about the virtues of an orderly life. I neglected to point out that it is not possible unless one is the sole resident of his/her teepee. As long as there are two minds at work in the same household, there will be two ways […]

A DAILY ROUTINE


“NOAH AND HIS ARK” Terra Cotta sculpture by kayti sweetland Rasmussen Order is good–most of the time it helps us find our shoes easily among an array of other pairs. (Think of the early morning confusion with Noah and the boys trying to get dressed while the Ark is tossing about in a discontented sea.) […]