The Devil is in the Details

The Devil is in the Details You know that old saying, “the Devil is in the details”?  Well, I don’t like that saying, but I think it’s true, knowing what I do about Army personnel policies, credit card contracts, and personal liability lawyers.  But what does “the...

These Gnarled and Bloodied Hands

Have you ever heard a beautiful song just once, and caught a line or two, but didn’t know the name of the artist or the song?  If you’re my age, you fell in love with music before the internet and iTunes and satellite radio, so you can recall that feeling of longing...

Let Your Love Flow

One February evening, as I was driving from LA (Lower Alabama) to Birmingham, I scanned the FM stations. I like scanning FM stations on long drives sometimes because FM radio give listeners random samples of American culture. Anyway, I stopped scanning when I reached...

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Swan Song

In an earlier essay, I wrote that perfectionism, or, more specifically, our expectations of perfection, can be the enemy of goodness. This essay is about other, earthly enemies. It’s also about the autumn of life, the nature of death, and the power of love. I also...