When Thinking is Not Enough

Voltaire wrote: "No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking." Not everyone will agree with this elegantly stated assertion. For great many, Voltaire steely optimism and confidence in the power of human thinking is a great shiny tool to bring with you to a new week. But some would argue that many issues cannot… Continue reading When Thinking is Not Enough


A Winter Morning

Once in a while, an image grabs me and I obediently take a picture, following my curiosity without fully understanding what it was that spoke to me in a scene. So it was with this image. It’s just an office building downtown DC and a naked winter tree in front of it. What's so special… Continue reading A Winter Morning

What Do You Not Lack?

An essayist Pico Iyer once said that "Affluence is not a matter of what you have but what you don't lack.”  On the surface, he is just stating the obvious.  And yet, there is a difference between saying “I have a home” and saying “I am not homeless”. Perhaps re-focusing on “not lacking” as opposed… Continue reading What Do You Not Lack?

At the Intersection of Art and Writing

The mobile sculpture strikes you as menacing. You regard it with caution. Bones upon black bones, lifeless and yet alive. A skeleton upon which your imagination hangs skins of guesses, theories and meanings. Is it a dark symbol? A trap? Will the bones collapse if the lightest of breezes moves through the gallery? ... Any… Continue reading At the Intersection of Art and Writing

3 Thanksgiving Thoughts

1. Wishing you a joyful Thanksgiving, my friends. May your hearts be filled with gratitude for the countless gifts of beauty that life so generously throws at us.  2. Have you noticed? It's fall! Open the door into the morning today and you will be greeted with all the unmistakable signs of her presence... The… Continue reading 3 Thanksgiving Thoughts

November Transfiguration

Something intangible shifts in the world around me on this bright November afternoon. Suddenly, I realize that the wind carries the leaves along the pavement with a strange, purposeful intensity, and they rustle as they brush against dry concrete.  It's as if someone invisible, far away, sighs deeply and steers the leaves with his breath. … Continue reading November Transfiguration


Good morning my friends! It's been too long since I posted a picture of something soul-feeding and lovely, something to make you smile, pay attention and reflect on. I saw this tiny treasure on a short morning walk: he is blooming all alone, with all his neighbors long done with a joyful job of blooming.… Continue reading Blooming