The Hipsters are Right: Time is a Vinyl Record

“You don’t think this world is any less real than the one you left, do you? Everything that ever happened to you is real, even your dreams. Them, most of all. There are many worlds, many cities, and all of them are just shock-waves spreading out from one single moment of clarity and understanding. Ripples.” [...]

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Hold away despair

Last week, I heard a 16-year-old violinist on the radio paraphrasing a Catholic priest who said that prayer set to music counts three times as much as a regular prayer. Leaving aside the numerous problems with this idea - I mean, for starters, even if we assume prayer is a real thing, what does it [...]

The Wizard’s Midsummer’s Night Monadnock Adventure: Part 2 (A Photo Journey)

Yesterday, when we left off, our heroes (myself included) were scaling Monadnock's final stretch, that place mostly above the artificial treeline where you think you're there already but there's at least a half hour to go and you're very, very tired and kind of staggering along. That's how the experience is for me, anyway. The [...]

The Wizard’s Midsummer’s Night Monadnock Adventure: Part 1 (A Photo Journey)

As is only fitting for 2013's Day of Longest Light, and in keeping with my general tendencies toward wildness and not thinking things through, on the evening of June 21, I set out to climb my beloved mountain. This is a chronicle of that fateful and life-changing trek into the heights of divine communion and [...]

Which way to the Banquet? Midsummer’s Day Six

Way back in December, I posted this crazy rambling rant exploring ways to cope with eternity even though our brains can never quite grasp it and even though random effects of eternity sometimes intrude into our daily lives and thoughts and dreams. Even as solstices themselves are made to look arbitrary in the face of the [...]