Technology Is not the Problem – Nature Is not the Solution

I recently started listening to the Amon Sûl podcast, an Orthodox thematic exploration of Middle Earth. That has led to poking around other Lord of the Rings related things. I have been disturbed (but not surprised) by the discussion around Tom Bombadil (an ancient nature sprite, as old as Middle Earth itself) who appears in …

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Pilgrims and Tourists

This is an essay that I had originally submitted to a couple of literary journals. As is the norm in the publishing industry, I was rejected by both of them. I still like this essay a lot and decided to post it here. I suppose some might find it a bit pretentious, but I was …

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The Case of the Disappearing Bald Eagle

Brenda and I attended a conference about the Missouri River at Ponca State Park this weekend. One of the presenters (and his cohorts) deserves to be called out. His talk was based on a paper entitled, “Dynamics of plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides) forests and historic landscape change across the upper Missouri River, USA, Environmental Management,” …

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Trampling … and Other Great Easter Words

Newness and violence are inextricably related. I was reminded of this last night as the massive spring storms moved across the central U.S. even as Orthodox churches throughout the region were ringing in the news that Christ is risen from the dead, during the midnight Pascha service. (Today, not last Sunday, is Pascha – or …

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It’s EXACTLY the Same … Except for the Sleet, Snow, and ICE!

The Sioux City Journal reports that Sioux City is in for sleet, ice, snow, rain, and even a thunderstorm, pretty much all at the same time. Columnist Earl Horlyk calls it a day of "weather's greatest hits." We're getting exactly the same stuff down here in Mississippi ... except for the sleet, snow, and ice. …

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