i received a brilliant piece of satire in my inbox in the tradition of swift’s modest proposal. the author listed a number of reasons why he was happy that america had finally started the bombing of afghanistan. here are some excerpts: “1. network unanimity in naming the war: it has been so confusing the past … [Read more…]


i held a set of bagpipes for the first time today. the word ‘held’ just doesn’t adequately capture the experience. i thought that grasping a plaid-clad bladder under my left armpit, balancing three long pipes on my shoulder and arm, and clenching the mouthpiece in my teeth and chanter in my fingers would be completely … [Read more…]


i’ve been lying awake for the past 45 minutes thinking. it seems very natural for me to transform my introspection into a mindonfire post… why is that the boundary between private and public thoughts are blurred for me? is it simply because ego + web = blog? i have decided that i am an intense … [Read more…]


i saw the strangest thing yesterday on the way to work. i counted at least 40 vultures (no exaageration) of the bald red head variety sitting on the fence that marked the northern boundary of university high school. a dozen were relaxing on the backstop of the baseball field. i rode my bike to the … [Read more…]


i hope you don’t mind while i think out loud as i try to make sense of what is going on in afghanistan right now. thank you, aaron and rose, for your responses to my previous post–you guys keep me honest. 🙂 considering that he is living in a world of practical politics, i think … [Read more…]


this article on the attitudes on college campuses in the u.s. towards the september 11th attacks prompted me to do some soul-searching. the author’s main point is that students and professors are stuck in a bubble of unreality because they are not actively advocating a violent retaliatory response, and that they are suggesting that the … [Read more…]


yesterday i listened as my 2nd grade son casually explained the various ages of the earth. “first the earth had to cool off,” he said. “then there were a bunch of tiny little plants in the water, and they put almost all of the oxygen in the air.” he went on to describe the rise … [Read more…]


i’m still not sure how to react to this. cnn put together a video on hezbollah suicide bombers. it’s like stepping into another world: a young boy tells the cnn interviewer that he wants to be like his father, who was a suicide bomber; posters of these martyrs line the streets of hezbolla-controlled portions of … [Read more…]


i thought i would share a few links that have helped me to better understand our current crisis. the topics range from racial-profiling (is this a fancy word for discrimination?), a multi-faceted afghanistan, words of wisdom from the dalai lama, palestine and israel, and more. an african-american reflects on the racial profiling of arab-americans. (from … [Read more…]


i’ve started this piece several times in the past few days and have been unable to complete it or post it. let’s see if i do better this time. have you changed as a result of the attacks on the pentagon and the world trade center? i’m not sure if i have. i can say … [Read more…]


i have relationships with christianity, mormonism, buddhism and secular humanism. sometimes things get rocky. i’ve drifted away from some and grown closer to others. i trust some more than others, but in general, they are all my friends. i learn from each. they comfort me and give me hope when i am down. i’ve run … [Read more…]


just returned from a candlelight vigil in aldritch park. a number of people spoke, but i was most impressed with the representative from the muslim student union who spoke of the fear she felt wearing her head scarf in public, but how she continued to wear it anyway. she also said that the terrorists were … [Read more…]