About my writing
I believed as a child that religion and science would someday realize they were focused on the same thing, the way opposite ends of a bridge support the same crossing. We are living that "someday" now, especially in the realms of physics, cosmology, healing, and consciousness. That's the realization—the crossing—that I love to explore. The view from that bridge amazes me every time I look.
I try to explore consciousness itself: my own, the Absolute’s (by whatever name you choose), the natural world’s, and other people’s. What we are, perceive, and believe.
Words in overheard bits of conversation inspire me as much as ideas and experiences do—especially unlikely juxtapositions or words surfaced in moments that, to paraphrase Seamus Heaney, “catch my heart off guard and blow it open.” Serendipitous eavesdropping often brings me the key to describing an idea or insight I have been puzzling over for a while. Whenever I’m in a dry spell, it’s usually because I’ve unconsciously turned off that “poetry ear.” When I switch it back on and practice listening again, ideas come.
In sharing my work, I hope to help people appreciate what I perceive as fundamental facts: life’s details matter; consciousness confers on us a responsibility to pay attention; our capacity for wonder is a gift of incalculable worth; and life, though here I should capitalize that as LIFE, perceives and somehow responds to every gesture of attention and respect. That last part is controversial, I know. But it's what I believe.