Endeavors, Life

When You Can’t Figure Out How to Proceed

During these summer months I have paused work on The Sea Pearl because 1) I was physically busier than normal, 2) a co-author and I resigned unexpectedly from another publication (a long story) and started scrambling for another venue, and 3) I had an ongoing family emergency.

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Endeavors, Life

Battling the Whirlpool

. . . the best way forward for all of us individually and together is to turn grief into resolve and continue the struggle to save this planet from randomness, carelessness, ugliness, wastefulness, and superficiality . . .

Stefanos Polyzoides, Dean, School of Architecture, University of Notre Dame, on the passing of Richard Driehaus

This isn’t the way we planned last week. The ride was smooth all the way, until we sailed straight into a whirlpool.

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Arts, Culture, Endeavors, Life

A Life Worth Studying

Chicago philanthropist Richard Driehaus (1942-March 9, 2021) has passed and the praises of his life coming from so many circles leave me convinced that his was a life well lived. By sheer happenstance, I learned of his existence, of his interests, his influence, and the compatibility of all that he stood for with the things that I also stand for. Sadly, I never met him, for we would have found tremendous common ground. In my estimation, Driehaus stands shoulder to shoulder with two others whose philosophies have stood tall against the present degradations of modernity: Dana Gioia (who I have met) and Sir Roger Scruton (who my other half briefly corresponded with). Such personages are not to be taken lightly. Their lives are worth studying.

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