Intersections of Contrary Things

Literary Beginnings As far as I can remember, Don Quixote, though at the top of the Well Educated Mind List, was not in the wooden-floored, white-shelved municipal library my mother took me to as a child. Nancy Drew was, so I read her series, my…

Ariel

In Disney’s version of The Little Mermaid, Ariel is the recipient of both her father’s favor and wrath. In chapter 29 of Isaiah’s prophetic oracles, “Ariel,” the city who experiences both God’s wrath and favor, is a pseudonym for Jerusalem or Zion. In his commentary,…

The Naive Believes Everything

If you set them up just right, the last domino will fall. Of course this is all joy for Michael, my grandson, who is not yet two and who, with no intent to understand the laws of physics at play here, intently watches the process…

Are You Disappointed?

I’ve realized that disappointment comes when my present reality doesn’t live up to my expectations.  It creeps in, and sometimes drops, like a brick when my life, my marriage, my children, my career, or my plan is headed in a different direction (By “different,” I…