Entropy. Heat death is not cold; it is lukewarm and dull. “There is a universal tendency to [energy’s] dissipation, which produces gradual augmentation and diffusion of heat, cessation of motion, and exhaustion of potential energy through the material universe. The result of this would be a state of universal rest and death.”—William Thomson, Lord Kelvin,… Continue reading Entropy

Woman at the Well

To be known is to be loved and to be loved is to be known. Love is in the knowing, and to know someone, be interested in an -other, is to love. So, how does one claim to love the poor, the marginalized, the leper of one’s community, if that same one does not know one?… Continue reading Woman at the Well

to vote or note vote

I love Nancy Gibbs!  She writes in the concluding essay of TIME magazine about how the ‘female candidates own the macho rhetoric. But it’s not for the reason you think.’  She says this, ‘What sounds like a “Sisterhood, hear me roar” rallying cry may actually be calculated to appeal not to women but to men–strong, silent types… Continue reading to vote or note vote

Hope in spite of…

‘I have heard many such things; miserable comforters are you all.  Have windy words no limit? Or what provokes you that you keep on talking?  I also could talk as you do, if you were in my place; I could join words together against you, and shake my head at you.  I could encourage you… Continue reading Hope in spite of…

Proper speech

A recent conversation with my mother regarding the use of [sic] following quoted material that uses less than perfect form has piqued my awareness of all the venues ripe for [sic]-ified language.  A Facebook correspondence initiated our musings, but a text-conversation I just had with my daughter was pure gold, and I had to reproduce… Continue reading Proper speech


… stooping very low, He engraves with careHis Name, indelible, upon our dust,And, from the ashes of our self-despair,Kindles a flame of hope and humble trust.He seeks no second site on which to build,But on the old foundation, stone by stone,Cementing sad experience with grace,Fashions a stronger temple of His own.… Patricia St. John (1919-1993), from “The… Continue reading Grace


‘and wherever the will conferred by the Creator is thus perfectly offered back in delighted and delighting obedience by the creature, there, most undoubtedly, is Heaven, and there the Holy Ghost proceeds.’ (CS Lewis, The Problem of Pain, 88) The first question is why our cure should be painful: to ‘render back the will which… Continue reading pain