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Light, Part II…

It’s been said that “… to light a candle is to cast a shadow.” Ah, but must it always be so? What if the problem is not in the paucity of the flame, but in our very understanding of light? What if we could create a light such that all shadows everywhere were banished? What if, instead of a lighting a candle to drive a sliver of illumination into the darkness, we awakened a star? Which might be to say that, rather than struggling against the dark – rather than titling against windmills – what if we, ourselves, are the sun we strive to ignite? Do you find it difficult to think of an all-consuming energy emanating from your body; like a star, like a beacon for all the world to see? All you need do is use your imagination in ways society would perhaps frown upon. But then, society disapproves of anything it cannot label, or monetize. How can you monetize that which you do not understand?

Happy Birthday, Stephen…

Yesterday was my friend Stephen’s birthday. I missed it, 1) because he’s in Macau and I am in Connecticut, and 2) because I didn’t know that his birthday was on Friday the thirteenth (which came on a Wednesday this month). And so I wish for him a most joyous, most belated Happy Birthday. Everyone please send him your blessings, as well, and applaud heartily as he blows out the candles on his (belated) birthday cake.

Upon returning home from abroad…

G. K. Chesterton once wrote (actually he wrote it, in various forms, many times) that the only way to discover one’s home was to leave it; that once he had become habituated to the point of no longer being able to actually see it the only cure was to go away on an extended vacation (or holiday, as the Europeans like to refer to it), for the express purpose not of seeing new places but of rediscovering an old one. It was only after having immersed himself in a different environment that he was able to see his home with fresh vision, as it were… He even based a substantial portion of the book Manalive upon this theme…

Originally published December 27, 2006

  So, I was in a bar the other night, and the bartender was bemoaning how slow business was. So, I’m thinking maybe I can come up with a sure-fire way to increase their business, and I’m thinking something along the lines of a dancing bear, and the bartender says, she says, ‘maybe if I was dancing bare…’ Ummm… Well… SURE… Okay… That’ll work… Aye, and a proper saucy lass she was, this being a Scottish bar I was in… But until the community board undoes about 30 years of zoning cases to allow that sort of thing, we’ll have to stick with more conventional solutions… So I wrapped my head around the problem, and I think I have just such a solution. It involves fireworks, a live chicken, a weed-eater and some peach preserves… Hear me out…