The spirituality of the commonplace is what's really extraordinary to me. As a writer, yoga teacher, Lutheran pastor, avid reader and music geek (all in varying orders, depending on the time and season), I find a feast in daily living--most days, anyway, and write about it here.
For 20 years a columnist, first at Albany's Metroland Magazine, and currently at the Times Union, my writings are a Pandora's box of the brain.And why not? As Robert Louis Stevenson said--speaking to children--"the world is full of a number of things." Ars longa, vita brevis. Vocatus atque non vocatus, deus aderit. And so on.
(I didn't study Latin, either, but I know what those mean: 'Art is long, life is short'--that's Hippocrates, he of the Hippocratic oath. The other was on CG Jung's lintel and means 'Bidden or unbidden, God is present.' It's not Jung, but Erasmus who wrote it and you may choose to agree or disagree. I don't think it much matters, in the end.)
The point is--and maybe it's a kind of Whitman-esque point--that it's time for conversation with the world, wherever that world arrives or crosses paths. We're here to show up and share, it strikes me. At least, who am I to say no?