“I had the blues ’cause I had no shoes until I met a man on the street who had no feet.” When my kids were growing up, that is how I would teach them to respond to even their legitimate woes: someone is always in a more dire strait. Sometimes, however, a person gets the […]
In 1979, my wife gave birth to our second child, a girl. I was shocked that a female could issue from my loins. Such was the limited vision of the world that I had those many years ago. I wanted to name her ‘Jean Marie,’ Jean for me and Marie for her mother, but friends […]
As 2012 draws to a close, I would like to thank all of our readers who motivate me to continue throwing starfish back into the ocean. Here is a snapshot of The Vitruvian Man’s website performance during the previous 12 months. This year, the site generated nearly 13,000 page views; that’s up from 8,500 a […]
I invite all subscribes and readers of The Vitruvian Man to download an excerpt I have made available from my working manuscript, The Exile of Gaspar. I have titled the excerpt “The Star.” You can download the excerpt as a PDF document or as an EBook for your Kindle. Details are available at ESKraay Online.
Just want to remind our readers of the first solar eclipse in the 21st century, which will occur on Sunday/Monday, May 20/21st. This Wikipedia link offers some excellent animation. Those of us in North America should get a good view of it on Monday.
Amid the tsunami of political rhetoric that threatens to annihilate us all, my mind forever returns to Henry David Thoreau. We have so much government and so many laws they we can no longer do the right thing. We are merely forced to do whatever the majority – if it is even possible to define […]
Last Friday, I viewed an interesting film, “To Save a Life” that opened with a young, friendless boy walking into his high school, firing a handgun into the air to get everyone’s attention, and then turning the gun upon himself… One year ago, Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was seriously shot in the head less than […]
We can all have extraordinary days if we pay attention and open our hearts and minds. Father Paul spoke about the Transfiguration of Christ at church this morning. I couldn’t help but think about the post we put up last Friday. “Look for the light,” Father Paul implored us, and in his intercessions I heard […]
I’ve recently been viewing the 1988 PBS presentation “The Power of Myth,” 342 minutes of fascinating conversation between American mythologist Joseph Campbell (1904 – 1987) and journalist and former White House Press Secretary Bill Moyers. The depth, rather the height of their intellect humbles me. A passing clip and statement captured my attention. The […]
The Dawes Act and subsequent legislation may have benefitted white settlers, but it provided the framework that reduced many proud Native American tribes and their holy traditions to poverty and disrespect. In honor of Si’ahl’s stand on non-violence, tVM is proud to print the ‘Prayer to the Four Directions’ attributed to Chief Seattle with the […]