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 […]

Vision Quest, part I

According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, a Vision Quest is a solitary vigil by an adolescent Native American boy to seek spiritual power and to learn through a vision the identity of his guardian spirit. Native Americans believe that each human is put on this earth for a special reason.  That reason is not always clear to […]

The Fields of Friendly Strife

“Mandatory knowledge” was a key element for my classmates and me when we entered the United States Air Force Academy in 1967.  Of the countless facts and dates I was required to put to memory, the one that has endured the years is a quote from General Douglas MacArthur to the 1946 graduating class at […]

Confluence of Faith, Aldous Huxley and Ruth …

The Vitruvian Man seeks the confluence of faith, not its divergence.  This confluence is not difficult to find, and all religions teach it.  If we open our eyes, our ears, and our hearts, we will see it there.  Our objective is to fuel the universe with God and to do that, we must understand that […]

Birds and Contemplation

I believe in the power of contemplation, that it can enlighten a mind and put a troubled soul at rest.  My original intent with this blog was to reflect on one of my favorite passages by Thomas Merton: “When no one listens to the quiet trees, When no one notices the sun in the pool […]

The Fuel that Runs the Universe

At a recent BBQ, I tossed out a simple question: “Anyone here familiar with C.S. Lewis?”  Everyone over 30 looked at me like I had a third eye in the middle of my forehead.  A young friend under 30 gave an answer typical of his youth, “He’s the guy who wrote the flick ‘Narnia.’”  While […]