I've never really liked fishing. I can, however, appreciate why some people find comfort or joy in it. You can see beautiful scenery, be in nature, have quiet time to yourself, or make it a shared experience with others. I also like how the act of fishing can elicit a special combination of emotional states … Continue reading A Real Catch: Good Love is a Fish You’ll Know
Some people say, "Love is a verb." Others say, "Love is a choice." When they say these things, I suspect that few people mean to suggest, "Love is a facade." But maybe it is at times. Maybe it can be. Why do so many people fall in and out of love, sometimes even with the … Continue reading How to (Fake That You’re in) Love
It's bad advice to say, "Treat others the way you want to be treated." Well, perhaps it's not terrible advice, but I think we can do better by adopting the following phrase as a guide for our actions: Treat others the way they want to be treated. It's called the Platinum Rule. It may be … Continue reading The Golden Rule Done Better
Unrequited love is a common theme of tortured souls, those who wish for nothing more than to be loved back by their beloved. In many stories, this type of love is a kind of tragedy for we often assume that love is (and perhaps should be) realized only in particular ways. But I've recently been … Continue reading To Love Others (Without Them Knowing It)
An unusual event happened a couple of weeks ago. I watched two movies in one night. Although I'm not much of a movie buff I do have a clearly demarcated "genre" of movies that are likely to get my two thumbs up--I love comedies like Matilda. Liar Liar. And dark dramas like Magnolia. The Squid … Continue reading True Story: Is This Real Life?
A birthday cheesecake for me made by my friend, Laura. I had a lovely get-to-know-you conversation with a new friend last night, and not surprisingly, two of my favorite passions organically arose in the conversation. I spoke with a fervor and enthusiasm about philosophy in the way that always reminds me of the fact that … Continue reading Food, Being, and Time