Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Chauvet Cave 3

We’re underground with filmmaker Werner Herzog.  His helmet lamp is illuminating 32,000 year-old cave drawings.  To Herzog, these animal depictions are a milestone in the ascent of man.  They mark—and I quote—“the awakening of the human soul”.     Sounds terrific.  But wait a minute.  The S-word—what does it mean?  Herzog compares the “modern human soul” […]

My Way

Pedro y Lola

And now, the end is near; And so I face the final curtain. My friend, I’ll say it clear, I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain… To say I’m not a fan of Frank Sinatra is an understatement.  And so it irks me to think that people might credit him with having written this […]

Don’t Read This Blog

Rick Lewis

I’d rather you didn’t waste your time reading this post.  Rather, save yourself for: That’s right, MOL goes on hold to alert you to the adventures of Rick Lewis.  Yes, the same character we met on board my previous post , the one who advocates “leaning into our own unknown”.  Well, in the last […]

E-Post from the Edge

edge of the earth

Last week I left you with a ship hanging precariously over the edge of the known world.  On board were the mavericks Herman Melville and Helen Keller.  Joining them is the American writer and iconoclast, Henry Miller: “One’s destination is never a place but a new way of seeing things.” Now he tells us!  With […]

An Everlasting Itch

edge of the world

Believing the world to be flat, long-ago people must have feared falling off the edge.  Imagine the courage it required to embark on a voyage toward the unknown.  Yet men did.  It’s a paradox—we want to live—yet we put life at risk to live better.  Listen to Herman Melville: “As for me, I am tormented […]

Oscars, Actors, and Living Martyrs

cocktail party

So, you’re at a party.  Naturally, people are rattling on about “the Oscars”, everybody a showbiz pundit.  O the “insufferable inanity,” as one Globe and Mail columnist has so predictably put it.  You reckon that this ritualistic debriefing is no less insufferable, and our trash-talk nothing but fodder for it.  For the gilded monster!  You […]

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