Category Archives: Religion

Of Myth and the Gift Economy

First published in 1983, may consider “The Gift” by Lewis Hyde “a brilliantly orchestrated defense of the value of creativity and of its importance in a culture increasingly governed by money and overrun with commodities”. Hyde claims that creativity is “a gift” … Continue reading

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Creating ones self

In his blog on technology for the writer’s group The Loft, my friend Don reinterprets the Ouroboros, conventional “he who eats the tail” as “that which creates itself by speaking itself.” I know I’m supposed to think the Ouroboros paradoxical. The … Continue reading

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Becoming Your Parent

This is the eulogy I delivered at by father’s funeral, but it is also a commentary of what we receive, often unwittingly, from our parents. Winston Herbert Stinson November 15, 1923 – April 21, 2007 Our parents prepared my brother, … Continue reading

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Just because you find it, don’t stop searching

Recently I went for a walk in Portola Redwoods State Park. The ostensible purpose was to photograph the small but scenic Tip Toe Falls. After scouting the area I chose an oblique view to include the ferns and color from … Continue reading

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Live Free or Die

My mother is one of those women who relate through self effacement. For example, after being complemented on a wonderful Sunday dinner, she is likely to respond: “I always serve peas with this meal; I don’t know why I served … Continue reading

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The Search for Intelligent Design in the Universe

With the recent announcement of the Nobel price in Physics, which used Type 1a supernovae as a “standard candle” for measuring distance, I thought it would be interesting to repost this essay I wrote in February 2007. It was inspired, … Continue reading

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Phi? Phi not!

Each month the Fremont Photographic Society runs a contest that includes a “special topic” category. In August the topic was “curves”. I was at a loss for a subject until my wife, Joy, suggested I photograph a shell. A first I … Continue reading

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