Billy Collins: The Lanyard

The Lanyard By Billy Collins, from The Trouble With Poetry The other day I was ricocheting slowly off the blue walls of this room, moving as if underwater from typewriter to piano, from bookshelf to an envelope lying on the … Continue reading →

Marcus Borg: Who Was Jesus, Really?

Today being Good Friday on the Christian calendar, it seems like a good time to talk about Jesus. My understanding of Jesus was radically transformed – you might say revolutionized – when I heard Marcus Borg speak in River Falls, … Continue reading →

William Carlos Williams: This is Just to Say

This is Just To Say by William Carlos Williams I have eaten the plums that were in the icebox and which you were probably saving for breakfast Forgive me they were delicious so sweet and so cold Copyright © by … Continue reading →

The Letter from Douglas Hofstadter: A Mystery of My Own Mind

Recently I was going through a box of some old correspondence and came across a handwritten letter from Douglas Hofstadter, dated September 1, 1983. If that name sounds familiar, there’s a good reason. Hofstadter is a well-known professor of cognitive … Continue reading →

Stonehenge in Context

In August 2014 I took a tour of the British Isles with my family. One of the highlights of the trip was a visit to the prehistoric monument, Stonehenge. Stonehenge has been photographed approximately 97 trillion times, and I’m sure … Continue reading →