When You’re Feeling Like George Bailey

“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 […]

My Three Sons

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 […]

tVM 2012 Summary

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 […]

Henry David Thoreau: Concerning Civil Disobedience

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 […]

True, Good and Useful

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 […]

Back to the Garden

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 […]

Si’ahl and Non-violence

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 […]