One of the most devastating testaments to human history is the mass grave. Each time I read about the creation or discovery of these unnamed human deposits, I am seized by a sharp sense of loss. The tragedy of these graves is not only that souls have been taken, but…

The possibility churned in my stomach. California. Just for the weekend. Just for the heck of it. It was the kind of sudden opportunity that causes you to wonder how many others slip by unrecognized.

It was the perfect occasion to entertain an improbable fantasy. Late appetizers with close friends…

I have seen so many people expressing their anger, frustration, and grief over the killing of George Floyd, and I am exceedingly thankful that this seems to be a moment of awakening for our nation, and the Church in particular. You certainly don’t need to hear my thoughts, but I…

[Or The Evolutionary Nature of Sacred Things]

I’ve been listening to this song lately. It’s sort of a haunting ode to the people we used to be as children and the things we’ve lost while growing. There’s a line in the chorus that takes my breath away like a needle prick.

“Nothing lasts forever, hmm
You can’t hold…

Photo courtesy of HuffPost

Reclaiming Our Voices from the Societal Script

On Sunday evening, Taylor Swift interrupted the sluggish stream of weekend Instagram photos to share her political opinions regarding the upcoming mid-term elections. …

Seizing a Moment of Darkness to Realize a Brighter Future

In recent months we have been confronted with the pervasiveness of a disease that we have allowed to propagate for centuries, silently metastasizing in the minds of our most beloved artists, poisoning the hands of our most revered leaders, and infecting the souls of those we believed we knew best…

I woke suddenly the next morning from a troubled sleep but could not remember the demons of unconsciousness from which I had been fleeing. I lay in bed dwelling on the evening before. I tried to retrace my conversation with the woman, but found it almost impossible. I worried, too…

A summer glow filtered in through the blinds, painting bold stripes of shadow and highlight on the floor. Prisms hanging from the excessive distribution of glass table lamps caught the silver afternoon tears of the sun and sprayed them against the walls in a profusion of rainbow diamonds. The tin-punched…

Pablo Picasso working on his painting “Guernica,” a response to the Nazi bombing in Spain during the Spanish Civil War. The painting (created for the 1937 World Fair in Paris) is considered one of the greatest anti-war pieces of all time.

[On Utilizing All Functions of Art in Society]

Two definitions that you will find helpful as you read and interpret this post . . .

Art: the traditional creative forms of self expression — visual art(painting, sculpture, photography, etc.), …

To my severe frustration and to the demise of my child-like expectancy, I have not been able to catch the Christmas spirit this December. This isn’t like the admission of an overly-stressed, unfulfilled hallmark character who simply needs a little holiday cheer and a cup of hot chocolate to re-experience…

Derek Gahman

“I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.” -Markus Zusak

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