Month: March 2016


Why You Never Want To Be Alone in the Lead

We all have ways in which we manipulate others to do what we want.   My wife does this thing where she pretends to be so helpless that other people will feel compelled to help her out when in reality she’s totally capable of doing whatever it is herself.  Like when she’s trying to make […]


All By Myself

One of the biggest challenges about being on an undefined spiritual path is that you end up essentially alone on that path.  While I have a lot of people in my life who I consider like-minded and extremely knowledgeable, their paths are not precisely the same as mine.  When I’m down to the real substantive […]

About the Books

About the Books, Part 2

I’ve talked about my primary book project (two chapters written at this point, and I’m now in a research phase more than a writing phase), but I didn’t touch last time on the second project.  It’s smaller, and will definitely be done first.  In fact, the goal is to have it published by the end […]


Once Upon A Time…

As anyone who knew me (or ran into me briefly in a social situation) during the late 90s and early 00s can tell you, I spent a summer studying architecture in France.  They can tell you this because apparently every other sentence issuing from my lips for several years started with some variation of: “When […]


Your Beliefs Are Bad and You Should Feel Bad

It’s odd how prone we are as humans to believe some things not because of the evidence we see in front of us, but in spite of it.   I once tried to explain to a lottery player that it didn’t matter how many winners or losers had just been sold out of the pack, […]


The Meaning of Life, Revealed!

I think we can all agree that, as a whole, humans have a great desire to improve themselves and improve their lives.  We see it every new year with the ambitious resolutions.  You never have to go very far to find advice full of buzzwords like “connecting with your true self” to help you embrace […]


Can We Guess Your Meyers-Briggs Type Based On How You Pray?

Using various aspects of our lives as indicators of our “personality types” has become a veritable hobby, it seems, for many of my friends on social media.  It’s fun to answer a few questions about your coffee order, your favorite TV show characters, what kind of words best describe your attitude towards food, and then […]


Why Can’t God Change His Mind?

In my mid-20s, I decided to become Catholic.  I found Mass to be a more spiritually relevant form of worship than the informal, non-denominational Protestant tradition I’d grown up in.  It was at once more personal and less intrusive.  I could sit alone in the pew and worship in a way which resonated personally without […]

Defining Spirituality

Spirit: an animating or vital principle held to give life to physical organisms

Spirit:  an animating or vital principle held to give life to physical organisms If the spirit is what gives us life, then spirituality is really focused on what it means to be a living being.  What makes us alive?  What animates us?  What makes us do what we do, think the way we think, and […]

About the Books

About the Books, Part 1

I’ve mentioned on my “about” page that I’m currently working on two books.  One is my long term project and, in a way, the centerpiece of my spiritual life at the moment.  The other is likely to be finished much more quickly and is an offshoot of the other project.  Since they (and the books […]