Lobster Fever

What a refreshing day seeing the sun shine again. The wind is still very cold, easterly wind is right off the sea ice. We were one of the first Fishermen to get our lobster gear tagged and stacked at the wharf in Tignish, Prince Edward Island. We are ready for loading day. The buoys are…

The Monster In Me Has PTSD

I often think the, “why can’t we all just get along?” simply does not account for the brokenness in the human soul or psyche. Under the right circumstances a man or woman is capable of inflicting, perpetuating or allowing the suffering of others. Lying is an example of this, we distort the truth to make…

Ancient Greek Wisdom- Education – The Hunt Or The Platter? Part#3

“But I will employ only one more illustration, and dwell no longer on this topic. Lycurgus, the Lacedæmonian legislator, took two puppies of the same parents, and brought them up in an entirely different way: the one he pampered and cosseted up, while he taught the other to hunt and be a retriever. Then on…

Ancient Greek Family Advice Part 2 -Alcohol With The Groovy

Read Part 1 for the Historical Background and Introduction to Plutarch’s Morals, written in the first century AD. Ancient Greek advice concerning the consumption of Alcohol, as it relates to sex and the conception of children. Plutarch reminds us if we are approaching our wife/husband to have sex (procreate), we should be either totally sober,…

Ancient Greek Family Advice – Part 1

Have you ever heard of a nation fining their King for inconsiderate (to the nation) amours with a “common” woman? I am reading a 1898 translation from Greek of “Plutarch’s Morals” (Moralia) written in the first century AD. I have not laughed to this degree for a very long time. How Plutarch writes with such…

The Dark Hole I Sank Into. Forgive me!

Forgive me….. Please be patient with me as you read through this one. It combines several painful themes for me. I have read about political ideologies my whole life. I have been trained to identify the worldviews and assumptions behind writings or speeches (Bachelor of Sacred Literature). I’m actually not bad at identifying worldview assumption…

Send Politicians To The Farm For Awhile. China’s Lost Generation

“One of the most controversial policies of the Cultural Revolution (Mao) seems to have been that of sending the intellectuals to the countryside to work and learn from the people. I have to confess I loved that policy. I was literally born on a small farm in rural Iowa……The idea that the poor might have…

Anti-Ethnocentric 

“Even though I am free of the demands and expectations of everyone, I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people: religious, nonreligious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized—whoever. I didn’t take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ—but…

Tumbler Pornography – Politics – & Marriage

I have been growing increasingly tired of Facebook. I have been pondering how much time it takes from my life. I actually use the medium more to preserve quotes I read from books, to the displeasure of more than a few people. I shared very little original thought there. My tension with Facebook has little…

Marriage Advice From The Fisherman’s Shanty – Tip#9

“I don’t want to be friends. I want to kiss your neck” Sitting here lacing in the webbing on my lobster traps. Wanted to share something I came across a few days ago. It stuck with me. It is not the full story of a healthy marriage. But it possibly is 1/9th of a healthy…

Nuclear Giants and Ethical Infants

“Torn between his hatred of wasted words and his deep respect for mannerly behavior, he was the very definition of unsettled.” ~ Eric Metaxas. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy It’s how i felt speaking in Summerside the last few weeks. I was talking about non-violence from the teachings of Jesus in his sermon on the…

I’m Going To Stay! Valentine’s Day Vows

A marriage vow is saying, “I know that you’re trouble! Me too! So we won’t leave, no matter what happens.” ~ Jordan Peterson “I grew, she grew, we have more growing to do together.” A little bit of wisdom about love and marriage for valentine’s day. He nailed me. I’d never grow without a marriage…