Sonnet X

Death be not proud, though some have called theeMighty and dreadfull, for, thou art not soe,For, those, whom thou think'st, thou dost overthrow,Die not, poore death, nor yet canst thou kill mee.From rest and sleepe, which but thy pictures bee,Much pleasure, then from thee, much more must flow,And soonest our best men with thee doe... Continue Reading →


"For me God is a "Wholly Other" transcendent intelligence, impossible for us to understand. He or she is somehow responsible for our universe and capable of providing, how I have no inkling, an afterlife." Martin Gardner


In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life, — no disgrace, no calamity, (leaving me my eyes) which nature cannot repair. Standing on the bare ground, — my head bathed by the blithe air, and uplifted into infinite space, — all mean egotism vanishes.... Continue Reading →


On 27 July 1656, the Talmud Torah congregation of Amsterdam issued a writ of cherem (excommunication) against the 23-year-old Baruch Spinoza for his alleged heresy. The English translation of the writ is as follows. The Lords of the ma'amad, having long known of the evil opinions and acts of Baruch de Espinoza, have endeavoured by various... Continue Reading →


"You might take my life, but you can't take my soul. You can't take my soul. You might take my freedom but you can't take my soul. You can't take my soul."

Van Gogh

"Not a day without a line': By writing, reading, working and practicing daily, perseverance will lead me to a good end." -  Vincent Van Gogh, 1877

It’s Okay To Laugh

I'm not usually one to take cheap shots but this is just too good to pass up such a wonderful Freudian slip. “I looked very seriously at the veto, but because of incredible gains we’ve been able to make for the military, that over-rode any of our thinking.” -  Don Jon, 23 MAR 2018.  

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