Angels

We all need help.  That is why each of us is blessed with a guardian angel. As long as I can remember, I’ve pictured my guardian angel as an imposing celestial being dressed in white, unencumbered by the massive wings that protruded from her back.  My mother introduced me to my guardian angel with this …

Test of Three

A dozen years ago, I read about the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates’ “Test of Three.”  As the story goes, Socrates proposed this test of three questions before you repeat a rumor: It makes no difference whether or not Socrates actually said this, but the principle is sound regardless of its source. I remembered Socrates this …

Farewell 2023

As we conclude 2023, we look forward to 2024, our 14th year publishing the Vitruvian Man website, and we remain committed to the three most important stories in all of literature:  the story of the good Samaritan, the story of the adulterous woman, and the leper’s encounter with Jesus. These stories teach us and remind us …

Light of the World

Today is the winter solstice when darkness exceeds daylight by four hours here in the Sonoran Desert [sunrise at 7:24 AM, sunset at 5:24 PM]. The long nights have never bothered me, even 50 years ago when I lived in Eagle River, Alaska when daylight was just short of 5 ½ hours on the winter …

A Unique Stocking Stuffer

Carl and I have been friends for a dozen years or so.  During that time, I helped him write and manage the website for his homeless shelter in Tucson.  Earlier this year, Carl found his way to Prescott, Arizona.  He called me in September and asked if I could help him with a website for …

A Morning Exercise

Saturday is a special day.  I begin each Saturday with the opening verse for Saturday Sunrise in The Vitruvian Man’s Book of Hours… A leper came to Jesus and said to him, “If you choose, you can make me clean.”Jesus smiled, stretched out his hand, touched him and said to him, “I do choose.  Be …

Thanksgiving

There is no holiday equal to the Thanksgiving of my youth.  It was a grand affair when women wore dresses and men wore suits and ties.  As the New England weather cooled and the last brown, dry leaves fell from the maple trees, Halloween a pleasant memory, I looked forward to Thanksgiving at Babcie’s with …

Raising Decent Human Beings

Mrs. tVM and I have raised four children, three sons and one daughter.  They are good people, and each makes the world a better place in his or her own way. Recently, middle son Brad participated in a podcast on Mathew Blades’ website “Learn from People Who Lived It.”  According to the website, Learn From …

A Life Well-Lived

Stephen King is one of my favorite authors although I’ve only read 25 or so of the 75 books and a handful of the hundreds of short stories he’s written. I recently started his massive [800+ pages] 2011 novel 11.22.63.  Like most of Mr. King’s work, 11.22.63 is an easy and exciting read. Like his …