Boiling a Frog

“O, hypocrites, you can discern the face of the sky; but can you not discern the signs of the times?”   Matthew 16:3 ********** Reading is dangerous. It exhumes thoughts, disturbing thoughts, thoughts that poke us, voices that whisper, images of smiling frogs being boiled, signs that expose culture’s addictive character. Can we change our …

Where Have All the Heroes Gone?

Be careful of the pedestal you erect if you’re the hero of your own story. Anonymous ********** Our screened porch overlooks the pool and two small gardens. It’s a pleasant place to watch the birds elbow for position on the feeder and listen to their chorale, especially early morning, when mental initiative sleeps in. Suddenly …

What’s Important?

It’s Saturday morning. I retrieve the newspapers, all three of them. The local fish wrapper, The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Balanced perspectives are important. I know what you’re thinking, no one can reconcile such disparate opinions into a cohesive consensus of what’s important today. It’s like trying to get harmony from …

The State of Things to Come

America is in turmoil. It’s ungovernable. Order is fugitive. Dysfunction reigns. A comedy of Democratic dodos. The solution? Create more states. But how? Annex Mexico? It’s too late. Done. Over. We’re talking mental states. Democracy for the mental demographic. Aggregate, collate, dominate. Divide and conquer. Perfect integrations, ideal for election campaign strategies. Easier for politicians …

The Magic of Wisteria

“Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old Time is still a-flying: And this same flower that smiles today, tomorrow will be dying.”  Poet, Robert Herrick (1591-1674)   In our front yard are three tall pine trees. Springtime enshrouds them in vast array of purple wisteria. Like flowering nooses, the gnarled wisteria vines ascend skyward to …

The Leaves Let Go

March opens the door to Spring. It’s the month when the Great Silent Voice speaks: “Time’s up, release without remorse and make way for the new.”       Nature has a different set of rules for the live oaks that canopy the islands of coastal Georgia. They’re programmed to shed their leaves in Spring, not in …