Lilac Blossoms

A friend has asked me to meditate on an interesting question, well phrased, “What is the origin of originality?” As I prepare to look into this question with all its implications presented afresh by the inclusion of origin within originality opening up fresh avenues of inquiry, I’m led to go back over pieces I’ve workedContinue reading “Lilac Blossoms”

Virtue or Vice?

Yet another headline on “Why we beat the Neanderthals!”  It reflexively followed the common assumption behind most people’s view of evolution, especially human evolution – even from those who claim to fully “buy-in” to Darwin’s implications.  – They all still seem to see evolutionary success as a way for good to be rewarded.  They mayContinue reading “Virtue or Vice?”

In the Meantime…

It’s been too long since my last post.  That’s a common refrain on many blogs, I’m afraid, with haunting echoes of the confessional?  Life intrudes, inspiration wanes, there can be many causes.  Let me bring you up-to-date on my situation. Over the last weeks I’ve completed a short story.  I’m considering the best way toContinue reading “In the Meantime…”


From this: The Forum To this: The “Wall of Desperation” I remember visiting Conimbriga as a child. I returned as a young man with a bride. Then again, much later, with a spouse. Conimbriga is a symbol of the reach of empire, the power of a center basking under a broad hegemon, extending across aContinue reading “Conimbriga”