Kite Flying as Metaphor

Tomorrow will be 14 years since Erin and I met on a first date. A kite flies best when someone keeps it anchored against the air currents. Let go of the tether, and a kite flutters away and drifts to the ground. I'm the kite dancing with wind, stretching high. Erin is the boy holding… Continue reading Kite Flying as Metaphor

Ares – the Cane Corso

ARES. We named him after the ancient Greek god of war, who was known as “Mars” by the Romans - their guardian deity. The Italian Mastiff (Cane Corso) breed almost disappeared in World War 2-ravaged Italy, but persisted in some isolated villages and has gradually made a comeback. Ares' ancestors guarded Roman villas and served… Continue reading Ares – the Cane Corso

Father Rutledge

Remembering a conversation I had in the 3rd grade with Father Rutledge at St. Mary's school in Balboa, Panama. Father Rutledge embodied Santa Claus for me - a rotund man, with rosy cheeks, white beard, twinkling eyes and a jolly disposition. I had just completed Confession and received my "four 'Hail Marys' and three 'Our… Continue reading Father Rutledge

The Sword that Heals

Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. [It] cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it.  It is a sword that heals." Martin Luther King, Jr. This movie scene from Gandhi still gives me goosebumps.  The background to this scene: British imperial overlords outlawed India's domestic salt production. Colonial India was compelled to… Continue reading The Sword that Heals

Cervantes on Taking a Leap of Faith

This week it is being reported that the lost tomb of Miguel de Cervantes has been discovered in Madrid.  Cervantes, who died in 1616, is considered "the father of the novel."  The news reminded me of a passage from The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha that inspires me to look at my own life as an… Continue reading Cervantes on Taking a Leap of Faith