Life is a Spirograph

For the last two years the fact of my mortality has been crowding my day to day awareness in a way it’s never done before. Maybe it’s because my grandmother died last summer, just a month shy of her 100th birthday. Maybe it’s because I have seen my...

A Unified Theory of The Arts and Sciences

I’m often puzzled at the divide that is imagined between the arts and sciences. Science and the arts are both fueled by a burning desire to understand and communicate the essence of reality.  The scientific process and the creative process are very similar; an...

Meaning and Purpose in a Random Universe

Sometimes in my daydreams I catch a glimpse of ultimate reality. But then I try to capture it and it slips through the tattered net of my mind. Still, even a momentary revelation can be blinding. Today I saw so clearly that life is a miracle. And my life a particular...

The Question Is…

There is nothing like a question to stop you short and crack open the shell of your current understanding to reveal a whole new world of possibilities.  We have an ambivalent relationship with questions; we resist the cracking open as much as we long to be released....

Death Triumphs at the V&A

I was at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London this afternoon, admiring the medieval and modern glass collections, when I came across a pair of stained glass panels dating from 1520.  They were titled The Triumph of Death Over the Laity and The Triumph of Death...