The Backdrop – A Brief Autobiography | 2007-2017

March 20, 2017 1:30pm | River City Roasters Coffee Shop in Wheaton, IL The past ten years have been incredibly important in my life journey. It’s hard to even conceive how productive these years have been in terms of wayfaring; it’s even harder to explain how difficult these years have been—but, as the aphorism goes... Continue Reading →

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Accosting Mother Earth

Ecology and Environmental Justice are always on my mind. I ran across this article today. The damage is overwhelming; it fatigues the heart. 38 million pieces of plastic waste found on uninhabited South Pacific island https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/15/38-million-pieces-of-plastic-waste-found-on-uninhabited-south-pacific-island "Have we forgotten our future? Earth Mother, life giver, we can't live without her So foolish, men who say... Continue Reading →

On Fasting

I wanted to share this with you all. The month of Ramadan is quickly approaching and I will begin my annual month-long fast (sunup to sundown). My friend David encapsulates the spirit of the season of Ramadan in his reflections here.

A Mercy Case

People long ago, their bodies now disintegrated, fasted for the sake of God. They did not have the same variety and access to foodstuffs that we do today, yet still they restrained from eating and drinking in order to cultivate their spirits. Why?

It states in a book by Fayd Kashani: “It has been said that were there no benefit to fasting except ascension from the low point of the animalistic soul to the spiritual summit like the angels, this would have been enough of a virtue and merit for fasting.” (Spiritual Mysteries and Ethical Secrets, p. 535) God created us with bodily needs and desires, and fulfilling them is what makes the world go around. All of human civilization is built upon having a surplus of calories and successful reproduction. In short, without food and sex, the traces of humanity would long ago have disappeared from the Earth.

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Some Recent Photos

I had the opportunity to show some friends around the Chicago area; they were visiting from the DC area. We visited the University of Chicago campus and then went downtown to see the famous (infamous?) Bean at Millenium Park; it's a sculpture that is meant to represent a drop of Mercury - it's basically become... Continue Reading →

A Few Thoughts from Milbank

These thoughts from John Milbank, a Catholic Theologian and Philosopher, capture some interesting and intriguing views on Postmodernity. He analyzes the claims of Postmodern philosophy and epistemology to show that the claims of the contemporary Liberal social order are difficult, if not impossible, to philosophically stabilize; perhaps we are seeing much of the manifestations of... Continue Reading →

Tea and Burgers

Last weekend a friend and I went into the city for a tea-tasting at Adagio Teas. We were able to choose 3 teas to sample - we chose a high-end Gyokuro green, a nice Darjeeling black called Darjeeling Spring Tip, and a middle-of-the-road Assam called Assam Harmony. Our tea-tasting presenter gave us a little information... Continue Reading →

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