The Sins of the Seafarers

sins The character of Odysseus, or Ulysses, has been capturing the imagination of artists for centuries. He has inspired children’s books and television shows, numerous films, the poetry of greats like Dante and Tennyson, and reimaginings by James Joyce and Virginia Woolf among others. At the end of his third chronicle of Narnia, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, C.S. Lewis reveals that King Caspian, remembered by his own people as Caspian the Seafarer, recalls this most famed mariner. The clue is put in the mouth of Edmund Continue reading

Ages of Argument

2014-5-19 CreationismIf you had asked me about the age of the Earth (or the universe) at any point in my life up to a year or two ago, I would have confidently asserted something in the general neighborhood of 6,000 years. Now, if I’m being really honest, I would have to say that I don’t know. And, I’m increasingly convinced, neither does anyone else. Continue reading

Imagination: More than Child’s Play

2014-6-12 Imagination img01The human imagination is an incredible thing. For a child, an active imagination can make the difference between a dull afternoon and an exciting time filled with adventures. Contrary to popular belief, the role of the imagination does not dwindle as a child matures into adulthood. As physical, mental and emotional capacities increase, the imagination plays an enduring and vital role in the making of a young man or woman.  For aspiring authors and artists, this may manifest itself in the creation of new and fantastic worlds. The most important universe which the imagination helps us to see, however, is our own, and its role as a lens lasts throughout our lives.

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The Thinker

The_Thinker_Musee_RodinMilo Thorpe was an average guy. His parents had always told him that, and so had his teachers, and his friends. He wondered what it meant to be average, really. Did it mean that he looked pretty much like everybody else, and earned decent grades, and went to a middling university? Did it mean that he felt kind of happy most of the time, but still worried a lot, when he remembered to, about things that most people wouldn’t remember (the cat he saw wandering outside the alley behind the supermarket, for instance)? Or, did it have more to do with taking over his parents’ bakery when he graduated? He thought that would be okay, but it didn’t keep him awake at night.

What kept him awake at night was wondering about being average. Continue reading