Doing a lot with a little

Stone, brick and concrete: In southern Mexico, where wood and steel are costly, homes and offices are built with materials from the earth. The oldest buildings are constructed of quarried stone, traditionally a green-tinted limestone, or sun-baked coffee-colored adobe bricks. These were used to ... Continue reading

Beauty and violence

Our desert monsoon has arrived, and the hills are turning from brown to green. The monsoon is a seasonal shift in our southern Arizona weather patterns, bringing moisture-laden air from Mexico to mix with the desert heat, resulting in sometimes-violent thunder storms. These powerful storms are ... Continue reading

Depressed by jazz

I don't grok jazz.My local PBS station plays jazz at night, and I listen from time to time, hoping that my mother's asparagus theory will win out.(Certain disgusting vegetables, like asparagus, are an acquired taste, according to my mother. She claimed that if I kept choking them down, I'd ... Continue reading

Running with my eyes closed

What if God was one of us Just a slob like one of us Just a stranger on the bus Trying to make his way home — One of us, written by Eric Bazilian, first sung by Joan Osborne What if God were to stand on a busy street corner dressed in a pair of Dockers and a button-down cotton shirt, smart but ... Continue reading

Beauty and the beast

The hype, still unproven, is that embryonic stem cells are nature's miracle cure for everything from Parkinson's disease to aging. Clinics around the world have seized the day by offering their clients expensive injections of stem cells, promising that these injections will reverse the aging ... Continue reading

Beauty, power and humor

There are some blogs I check every day, because they are so consistently worth reading. Let me pass on some recommendations.All Things 2 All by Catez Stevens of New Zealand is always a place for God-soaked wisdom. Yesterday, Catez posted Beauty Talk, inspired by reflections about beauty by John ... Continue reading

Thinking about beauty

Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart. —Kahlil Gibran I stood upon the rocky summit of Artist's Point in Yosemite National Park and gazed out across a wide valley. To my left, El Capitan ascended into the low-lying clouds, its dark granite cold and forbidding. To my right, ... Continue reading

Beauty and truth

A thing of beauty is a joy forever: Its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness. —John Keats The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives. —Albert Einstein A few weeks back, while California was burning to the ... Continue reading