Holding Par

My friend, Joe, remarked that he didn’t want to be the kind of person who spent his time craving foods that did nothing but make him fat. He wanted to use his will to put himself in a higher place than that. At times a compromise was made: wine would be drunk but the chips […]


The linked Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashonah and Yom Kippur ask the faithful to look inward to their faults, make amends, and attempt to change. Most Biblical commandments are relatively simple to understand. You know when you steal, when you lie, when you kill.  They are easy to quantify, easy to confess, easy to see. […]


I rode my bike to one of my favorite swimming holes on a recent hot day. One of the swimmers there remarked as I was heading to the path that wound down to the river, “I left work early. I’d rather be here than imprisoned inside an air-conditioned building.”  I think that the other people […]

Liberated Space

A Man’s (and surely a woman’s) home is his castle, so the saying goes. There you can express your individuality, you can be free to live how you want, and no one can tell you what to do. You can create a sanctuary from the rushing world. This is true even if you carry a […]