We have expectations about things.

It’s kinda part of being human. Not that animals don’t have expectations. They learn, as well as they can, and understand cause and effect. But our grasp of expectations is rather more complex than what goes through my parents’ cat’s head when Mom claps her hands […]


“Is a slave a slave if he doesn’t know he’s been enslaved?”

The worst trap is the one you don’t realize you’re in.

It’s a strange truth of my psyche that I realize I’ve fallen in a rut because everything starts getting on my nerves. It’s like a detector […]


Emmanuel: God with us.

It’s a name that’s gotten into our language, and a concept that has gotten into our heads. It’s in our culture and history. Things and people are named Immanuel/Emmanuel all the time.

And by some quirk of the human psyche, we have got used to […]

Give it away

I like baking. I like the food that I bake, and I like the way my house smells when I’ve baked. But given that there are only two of us living here, we have a dilemma: what do I do with my baked goods?

Give them away, of course.