The world is a very malleable place. When I read biographies, early lives leap out the most. Leonardo da Vinci was a studio apprentice to Verrocchio at…
What the Rationalistic World Forgot. the stupor of rationality • stories, building intuition • alchemy, building process • religion, building wonder
“Each one of us has, somewhere in his heart, the dream to make a living world, a universe.” —Christopher Alexander One must encourage some level of…
It is not down in any map; true places never are. — Ishmael, Moby Dick I am fond of the mouse. Everywhere beset by larger powers, he succeeds with a…
We are in the dark corner of the pub together. We have been here for some time. Out of my coat I produce a pile of old photographs. Something to show…
“Men did not love Rome because she was great. She was great because they had loved her.” — G.K. Chesterton Dear friends, A short story: The princess…
The knowledge of a carpenter is in his hands. The apprentice must work with his own to discover it. Here is some terrible advice: “If you can't explain…
“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke…
The world’s slow move from dialogue to media, and how it changed us
There are in this world certain lonely places: The mountaintop when a storm begins, a long drive under the obscurity of night, the unfinished attic of…
In March of 2018, Simplicity and I bought three small former haying fields overrun with pine trees in southern New Hampshire, just outside a historic…
Dear friends, I am a provincial person. I have lived in New Hampshire for almost my whole life, a few thousand feet from the hospital where I was born…