My Typical Day (five year update)

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Five years ago I wrote an account of my typical day. A lot has changed since then, so I thought I’d revisit the topic. Here’s what my typical day looks like now. We wake up to the sound of music, a long slow fade-in that starts at 5:45 AM. Sometimes I set my phone alarm […]

Ten Years of b.rox

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Ten years ago today I started writing here at b.rox. I didn’t give much thought to the content of that first post, in terms of setting the tone for the future. I just wrote about what was on my mind at the moment. I’m fascinated by cycles, including the cycle of seasons. In retrospect, however, […]

My FOLC Tale

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

I’ve got a new essay up at Friends of Lafitte Corridor. Most if not all of the major spiritual traditions on our planet seem to embrace the path as a metaphor. Maybe that’s why I’ve found the prospect of a greenway in the Lafitte Corridor so inspiring over the years. There’s been something very compelling […]

Rest Easy, Ms. Foxworth

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

When I first met Ms. Foxworth, just 18 months ago, I was taken aback by her manner. She was quiet — very quiet. New Orleanians are known for many things, but being quiet is not one of them. Yet here was this woman talking so quietly I could barely hear her. My confidence was a little […]

The Yearning Need to Connect with a Larger Whole at the Time of the Winter Solstice

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

It was recently revealed that Richard Dawkins, arguably the world’s most prominent atheist, loves to sing carols at Christmas time. But the songs he loves the most are not the modern secular ones. Dawkins writes: “I recoil from such secular carols as ‘White Christmas,’ ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,’ and the loathsome ‘Jingle Bells,’ but I’m […]

Institutionalized Insanity

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Sitting thru my employer’s mandatory benefits workshop reconfirmed my belief that health insurance is institutionalized insanity. There must be a better way. I’ve never liked the concept of health insurance. It seems wrong to me at the very core. It feels like a perverse form of gambling. You’re putting down all this money against the […]

Tree Blessing

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Nov. 16, 2013: I officiated a civic tree-blessing ceremony on the bayou. We had a real-live fire dancer and Big Chief David Montana led us in singing “Indian Red.” Still can’t believe this really happened. It seems remarkable that someone like me, without any relevant credential, would be invited to do something like this. Many […]

Your Trip to Amherst

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

The nearest airport is in Connecticut, so when your plane lands you still have a good long drive to get to Amherst. You talk to the shuttle driver. She has an accent you can’t place, but she’s lived in Massachusetts for at least a decade. She drops you off at Allen House, a little bed […]

Six Long Essays

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

I’ve been doing it again: writing elsewhere. I’ve just finished up a series of six essays for College Contemplative on the topic of “Contemplative Faculty Development.” Introduction My Story Stepping into Silence The Transformative Banquet Sustaining the Dialog What’s Next Read at your own risk; I apologize in advance for the length. I wrote these […]

Preacher’s Cart

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

How did this shopping cart full of miscellaneous hardware come to be parked in our yard for three months? Therein lies a tale. One day in late May, a guy came walking down our street. He started talking to Xy and somehow convinced her to hire him to cut our grass. Before I knew it […]

Foam

Monday, October 7th, 2013

The traditional gift is china, or diamonds, but we opted for foam. Let me back up. Twenty years ago, my mom and dad bought a mattress for Xy and me, a wedding present. This year, as an anniversary gift to each other, we got ourselves a new mattress. That’s right, we slept on the same […]

Victory

Monday, September 30th, 2013

On the Friday before the equinox, I caught a ride with Daniel Samuels up to the Old Governor’s Mansion in Baton Rouge. It was built by Huey P. Long in 1930. There was a really cool version of the state seal carved into the fireplace in the library. But I wasn’t there for the architectural […]

Make Me a Hero

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Friends, A nonprofit I helped found, the Friends of Lafitte Corridor, has a shot at $10,000. Here’s how: You have to vote for me. FOLC nominated me for the Louisiana Cox Conserves Heroes program. Now I’m a finalist. While I’m deeply honored to have gotten this far, I really want to see us win this […]

Uncharacteristic Behavior

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

I rented a car and drove west. All by myself. I drove and drove and drove until I got to Austin, Texas. And I thought to myself, how uncharacteristic. I felt like I hadn’t done anything like this before, at least not for a very long time. There was a reason for this pilgrimage, of […]

How Long the Storm?

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Isaac is gone, but his odor lingers on. Seriously. There’s a smell in the air, a certain peculiar smell I can’t describe. I’m not sensitive to smells. I often think if I was more tuned in to my sense of smell, I’d have a radically different way of being in the world, more animalistic perhaps […]

Tree

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

It wasn’t until after Labor Day that I passed by the bayou and saw what Isaac had done to my favorite tree. This is the tree where my daughter got her name back in 2008. Throughout the 2010-2011 school year I stopped at this tree almost daily for a moment of contemplation. This tree survived […]

Second Guessing

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

I’ve also been reflecting on our decision to stay in place for Isaac. Was it the right choice? There’s room for disagreement even in our house. Over the past week Xy has repeated “Never again!” whereas I’ve found myself saying I’m glad we stayed. So what were the pros and cons of that decision? It’s […]

Isaac Art

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Persephone and I took a photo of Xy raking up the “street salad” left behind by Hurricane Isaac. Then we drew our own interpretation based on the photo. Persephone drew the gusts and leaves; I drew the branches and the figure with rake, but Persephone drew the face.

Revelations in Blackout

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

We lost electrical service to our house for 98 hours. That’s just over four days. And during these four days I discovered something odd. I sort of liked it. It feels wrong, saying that when over a hundred thousand of my fellow citizens are still without power. The constant question around the city these days […]

Light

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

After four days in the dark, our porch light’s back on in Mid-City.