There Are No Cowards In Heaven: Exploring Life with Quaker John Redman (Part II)

(UPDATE 9/29: Small edits and additions have been made thanks to clarifications helpfully provided by Redman subsequent to the original publication of this piece.) “Won't see the golden of the sun when I'm gone, And the evenings and the mornings will be one when I'm gone, Can't be singing louder than the guns when I'm … Continue reading There Are No Cowards In Heaven: Exploring Life with Quaker John Redman (Part II)

Opposition to Tyranny is Obedience to God: Exploring Life with Quaker John Redman (Part I)

(UPDATE 9/29: Small edits have been made in accordance with clarifications helpfully provided me by Redman subsequent to the article's initial publication.) “’A Mighty Fortress is our God’, especially verse four.” That was Quaker minister John Redman’s first response when I asked him what songs most inspire him. Written by Martin Luther himself sometime around … Continue reading Opposition to Tyranny is Obedience to God: Exploring Life with Quaker John Redman (Part I)

LAUNCH: The Work is Life Campaign

Wikipedia defines work-life balance as a "concept including proper prioritizing between 'work' (career and ambition) and 'lifestyle' (health, pleasure, leisure, family and spiritual development/meditation)." Surely, you've at least heard the term thrown about here or there. Sometimes it's a simple discussion of whether employer requirements or pure workaholism prevents people from eating food and playing … Continue reading LAUNCH: The Work is Life Campaign

Standing Sun, Standing Man

Given that it's Midsummer's Afternoon, I am not going to take up very much of your time with talk. This isn't the time for talk - or for reading and writing, really. This is the time to stand beneath the standing sun, feel the fire, and prepare yourself to carry that fire onward into the … Continue reading Standing Sun, Standing Man

Spiritual Bullshit

Wednesday was May Day. You may know that, but you probably didn't think about it very much. It's just one more bright holiday in which we don't really get to participate in this joyless culture of ours. I've talked about this many times. We generally blow the holidays we manage to celebrate and skip altogether … Continue reading Spiritual Bullshit

Watch out for Simple Answers

So, what the hell? Let's just let that sit there for a minute. What the hell? I try really hard, even on Christmas, to avoid ever being surprised. Days like yesterday serve as an unfortunate reminder of how hopeless a quest that really is. You never wake up in the morning - not here, anyway … Continue reading Watch out for Simple Answers

System Problems?

"If you don't like the system, create your own system." -- Abd'el Hakim Awyan, Khemitian Wisdom Keeper In the true fashion of a stereotypically unreliable wizard, I spontaneously took the last two weeks off. I wanted to begin work on a fictional side-project and recharge my own batteries to prepare for the seasonal changes to … Continue reading System Problems?

A Plea for Peace

Said the king to the people everywhere, "Listen to what I say-- Pray for peace, people everywhere!" --Noel Regney, 1962 ...[W]herever we are, we must all, in our daily lives, live up to the age-old faith that peace and freedom walk together....we shall also do our part to build a world of peace where the … Continue reading A Plea for Peace