Recently I had a conversation with a friend which wound up on the topic of meditation. “I’ve tried it,” she said, “I know you’re supposed to empty your mind, but I just can’t do it.” We were at work during this conversation, and at this point an interruption put it to bed. What she said… Continue Reading The Two Hour Zen Moment: DIY Meditation
Last week, I talked about personal power. While I was writing that, I was reminded of Friedrich Nietzsche, who made the subject of power his life’s work. I’m not going to run down the man’s biography, we’re on the Internet for God’s sake, if you’re that curious it won’t take you long to find it.… Continue Reading Nietzsche Is Peachy
So, in a previous sermon, I said, “Don’t dismiss a message just because people say the source is laughable.” I want to expand on that a little bit, and coincidentally show my age, with a specific example. I don’t know how many of you have heard of a cartoon from the mid 1980s, known as… Continue Reading The Gospel According to He-Man
Today’s thought I’m going to share with you, is about a building in Modesto, California. The building that houses the Universal Life Church. You might have heard of it; if you haven’t, in a nutshell, it is a church that says religion and ministry are up to the individual, and in accordance with that idea,… Continue Reading Let’s Look At A Church Sideways
Note: This post was originally posted several years ago, on a previous version of this blog. How a 14mm box wrench unstuck a secret of the universe. It’s finally riding season here in the great white northeast. It has been, in the words of George Harrison, a long, cold, lonely winter, and while it is… Continue Reading The Universe Takes a 14mm Box Wrench To Unstick
Why am I doing this? A long time ago, I tried to answer that question, about riding itself. I spoke of the resistance I got from people like my dad, who was puzzled why anyone would want a motorcycle when they already had a car, and the bursar at the college where I signed up… Continue Reading Why Am I Doing This?
Note: I originally posted this on my Facebook™ page many years ago, and while not motorcycle-themed, it does fit the purpose of this blog, so here you go: Over this past summer, I read (among other things) a book entitled I Am A Strange Loop by Douglas R. Hofstadter. It is an exploration of the… Continue Reading We Are Invisible
Note: this post is from a previous incarnation of this blog, and is included here for reasons which should become obvious in short order. Motorcycles have a wide variety of images associated with them; they are steeds, they are friends and lovers, they are phallic locomotor symbols, badges of badassery to some, and in at… Continue Reading Lesson Learned.
Note: this post is from a previous incarnation of this blog; while not motorcycle-themed, it still fits. This morning, I was having a conversation with a biologist on a comment board I belong to, when he mentioned that he was expanding his studies outside of his area of expertise, and it suddenly hit me, that this… Continue Reading The Nature of Creativity