7 Islands revisited and revised (2021)

For anyone who read, downloaded, or is interested in reading, my English travelogue, 7 Islands, there is now an updated, corrected version of the text. The original was first written in 2017. No significant changes in content have been made, just improvements in style and focus (I still suffer from my years of speaking German […]

Some Christmas posts (alguns posts natalinos)

FELIZ NATAL !     MERRY CHRISTMAS ! A noite silenciosa da fecundidade The Silent Night of Fecundity Et Verbum infans factum est (e o Verbo se fez infante) Et Verbum infans factum est (and the Word was made an infant)

First Episode of Apocalypse Commentary (audio only)

Since posting the already-completed Episode 5 of the 10-part Apocalypse commentary on my youtube channel, and while waiting for further videos to be prepared and not wanting to leave things too much in the air – and realizing, of course, that the introduction is important – I am posting here the audio of the first […]

On Visually Reading the Apocalypse

In the late 14th century, Europe had passed through the Black Death, killing a third of its population (and a full half of its doctors and priests), was in the midst of the 100 Years’ War and had two rival claimants to the papacy. In 1373, the Duke of Anjou commissioned a woven depiction of […]

Wonders, Transcendences, Domains and Wisdoms

The initial concern, leading me to articulate these related but not entirely coincident triads, regarded the positioning of the love of wisdom – what we traditionally call philosophy – in its relation to three kindred domains: 1) within its nurturing matrix in the world of the humanities and the arts, 2) its relation to the […]

On Changing our Nature

There are things we never refer to because we presume they are settled once and for all. Nonetheless, they cast their spell over everything else we think, say and do. The small collection of first principles I referred to in an earlier post (Losing the Evidence) are among these, but they are few and shared […]

Love and Union – synonyms?

It was 37 years ago that I spent two hours conversing in Kalady, India, with this monk of the Ramakrishna Mission. I had been sick for six weeks before this meeting, so I was a bit thinner and paler than usual. The monk was gracious and eager to chat, so over tea we discussed the […]

Old Light

I have always been fascinated by old things. Even as a boy I found it easy to relate to the elderly. And when in college I befriended a lady in her 80s and a man well into his 90s, they became possibly my best friends before I left the States for good in ‘74. The […]