Monthly Archives: September 2013

Falling off the shoulders of genius – Part 1

Do you ever feel like you’re position in life is so precarious its as if you were perched up on someone else’s shoulders. Someone who really has no business holding anyone up but themselves to begin with. I have that feeling a lot. Except the position I am describing is intellectual and my supporters, giants! Continue reading


Pirates

“Theology without action (praxis) is the theology of demons.”
~ St. Maximos the Confessor

When Jesus said, “You are gods,” “be perfect, just as your Father in Heaven is perfect,” or “the righteous will shine like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father,” this is to be taken literally.

~ Translators note from Theosis: The true purpose of human life

This may seem a trivial reference when considering matters of faith, but in the film “Pirates of the Caribbean – At World’s End”, the pirate Will Turner says something to his friend Jack Sparrow that I think, sums up, at least at this point in my life, what is the primary deficit in my capacity for progress toward union with Christ.

Synopsis:  When Capt. Jack Sparrow learns the method of gaining command of the Flying Dutchman (by stabbing the heart of its captain), and in turn gaining immortality aboard the magical ship, he begins to have visions of sailing the high seas forever, “free from death itself”.  His plans however do not take into account the purpose of the Dutchman and her crew – to ferry souls to the afterlife, and Mr. Turner has to inform his friend, “You’ve got to do the job though, Jack. You have to ferry souls to the next world. Or end up just like [Davy] Jones.”  This may seem an odd metaphor for the Christian experience but bear with me and I will attempt to explain. Continue reading


Pelicans

I like Pelicans.  There are either several difficult to define reasons for this or maybe no particular reason at all. To be honest I am not exactly sure where the predilection originated, but I’ve read several things that give me a deeper appreciation for the animal due to my religious beliefs.  The pelican has Christological significance and was identified in the second century as a metaphor for the concept of sacrificial remediation.  Below is an excerpt from a another website regarding the appearance of the pelican in a book called the Physiologus. Continue reading


The value of a stone

My girls used to collect rocks.  They would put all their finds in old shoe boxes.  They even had a rock polisher which I think their uncle bought for them.  For what ever reason, they just liked rocks.

Now imagine for a second, if one of my little girls brought one of their special rocks to show me and I took that rock and threw it as hard as I could into the middle of the pasture right in front of them.  Well first of all I should be committed or imprisoned or at least throttled good and hard because that’s just psychotic and cruel.  But if I were to do that, my daughters would be very upset, probably cry, and likely feel an emotional loss on some level because their rock is gone.  One of their valuables is missing.  (Who cares – It’s a rock, right?)  But the girls found value in it even though it had no inherent worth. Continue reading


Tonsorial Tragedies

Warning: This entry contains the word homophobe, homosexual and hairstylist. I have attempted to use the words appropriately, however if the content offends, please refrain from commenting. I have likely already heard what you have to say.

The day was allegedly a down day at our location in Iraq. Essentially what that meant was we were allowed to get out of bed an hour later without consequences being enforced. That is, if we are not mortared out of our beds first. Explosions and sirens tend to have a similar affect on one’s somnocentric activities and mood, as an alarm clock radio set to the maximum volume and tuned into the most obnoxious heavy metal station available – you wake up angry. Which happened to be the case that morning. This was only amplified by the fact that I could have slept in. So to calm myself I thought I might get a hair or two cut. I enjoy a nice trimming by competent professionals and I was hopeful I could avoid being assigned one of the homosexual, Filipino hairstylists this time (apparently the word barber was too masculine for this particular establishment). Fat chance of that though because there’s only one guy in the whole joint that doesn’t fit that description and he’s always busy tonsuring the other 800 homophobes on base. Then I thought, “Maybe I should just shave my head.” Continue reading


Auntie and the Culinary Underground – A Satire of America’s Future

Chapter 1
A Spoon Full of Sugar…

     I have to tell you a story about the time Auntie was declared dead thanks to an ocelot and a clumsy baggage handler and was revived by a malicious acupuncturist. Then there’s the business regarding the violent gangs of culinary incorrigibles and their dilettante groupies. But all in good time and fashion as they say. Continue reading


The Great Game: Chapter 1 – Scouting

Chapter I “Scouting”

“In the company of wolves, the wise bare the most scars.”

“What is the color of change?” That is the question my elder posed to me through a cloud of blue cigarette smoke as we faced each other across the table. He had never deviated from his preference for Gitanes cigarettes in the 15 years I had known him. The air was damp and acrid with the smell of decaying fish and burnt tobacco. The sun was still high and intense although the day was waning and dust clouds added a reddish brown tint to the summer light. He leaned across the flimsy, plastic table and tapped his faggot into the ashtray with his index finger in earnest. “Change my lad,” he said in an involuntarily patronizing Oxford accent, “is defined by what we do not yet know. That is its nature. It is the difference between what is, and what will be. Change is the shade, the shadow between the two. And that… is what you are experiencing -the precipice of decision. There is no colour. No definition. The state of change in the present defies characterization because it is itself dynamic. It is the process of delineation.” I stared indignant at his cryptic response. I knew the pensive look bearing down on me through those bushy, salt and pepper eyebrows was an effort to hide his frustration in trying to stay ahead, in every possible way. “Queen’s bishop pawn to c4” he said, making the mental notation. Continue reading