I am not a religious person in the traditional sense. Here in the USA in 2023 it remains that most religious people are part of an institution filled with traditions, rituals and rules. The vast majority subscribe to their faith because their parents and ancestors did and because their community does. The Christian religion aptly…… Continue reading Lapham’s Quarterly – Religion
I am now 46 years old. This continues to be shocking to me. I’m awed by how fast time goes and am served constant reminders. “Classic Rock,” is now Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Metallica and all the others from my youth. To me ‘Classic Rock’ is Led Zepplin, The Doors and The Blue Oyster Cult. In…… Continue reading Journal Entry – A reflection on the passage of time.
Ever since I studied abroad in Toledo, Spain in 1997 I’ve been fascinated by history. Toledo itself is historic being founded by the Romans, overrun by the Visigoths, transformed by the Moors and conquered by the Christians. Now, the entire place is a relic, full of priceless churches that serve as monuments to the historical…… Continue reading Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
I read this book because a big part of it takes place in my home state of Ohio and I’m familiar with Mexico having studied there for a time. I learned that the opiate epidemic first began around 1997 when I was a student at Ohio State and then grew from then until around 2012…… Continue reading Dreamland – The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic
It is three days before Halloween. This is my favorite time of year, right before the holiday season. It is at this time I miss Ohio with the changing colors of the leaves to brilliant red and orange and the cooling of the weather which heralds Buckeye football. Here in California it does get a…… Continue reading Journal Entry – 10.28.2023
It has been a decade or so since I first read this book. I’ve been meaning to re-read it for the past couple of years as I remembered it had some interesting information that I wanted to highlight and record in this journal and hadn’t done so before. This atlas shows San Francisco in times…… Continue reading Infinite City – A San Francisco Atlas
It is 3:52 AM on Thursday, October 19th, 2023. It has been a while since I’ve written this early. I’m up on the 2nd story in my reading nook at the standing desk overlooking the street. I love this time of night when it is silent except for the crickets outside and my fish tank…… Continue reading Journal Entry – 10.19.2023
It is 9:00 AM on October 1st, 2023. This is the start of the holiday season which is always a wonderful time. However, as I get older I find that I must make an effort as the joy doesn’t come as naturally as when I was a kid. One of the reasons may be external…… Continue reading Journal Entry – 10.1.2023