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10,000 Boxes of Salt: Some Perspective on the Size of the Universe

The universe as we know it is mind-boggling large. In fact, we cannot even properly conceive of it.

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Be Like Water: Reflections on the Powerful Tao Te Ching Symbol

The most powerful, transformative substance on earth is also the most formless and malleable. What can the Tao Te Ching teach us about the nature of water?

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Matter and Spirit: The L-wing of Temple High School

Objectively, the L-wing was a small building on the backside of Temple High School. Existentially, it was much more.

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Kierkegaard on the Subjective Nature of Truth

Can an idea such as truth be subjective? If it is existentially important, Kierkegaard thought so.

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To Live is to Live Passionately

Young people bear the brunt of many blanketed accusations related to behavior.  An especially common one is that they spend all their time mindlessly absorbed in their phones.  The trend of staring into cell phones is, of course, not strictly reserved to kids; I see plenty of adults of all ages staring into that magical […]

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Finding Myself in Oxford

Note: this essay was written in the summer of 2018. Going on a trip to “find yourself” after an emotionally traumatic event is a venerable old cliche, yet it happened to me. It was not on purpose and I did not recognize until some years later, but visiting Oxford in 2008 for three weeks as […]

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