Monthly Archives: June 2012

On living with the right regrets

Whoever suggested living so as to have no regrets, it seems to me, didn’t know life very well or hadn’t lived very much of it. It can’t be done, as anyone who’s lived very long knows full well. “Maybe all one can do,” playwright Arthur Miller speculated, “is hope to end up with the right […]

On the advantage of starting over

John Wesley, the eighteenth-century Anglican priest who started the revival movement that became The United Methodist Church, wrote that every seven years he burned all his sermons, “for it is a shame if I cannot write better sermons now than I did seven years ago.” Even far less than seven years ago I find things I’ve […]

On the value of not being well adjusted

“The last thing you want to be is a well-adjusted person.” The speaker was Lenore Bierbaum, one of my undergraduate psychology professors. “What you want to be,” she said, “is a person who adjusts well.” Her point was that “well adjusted” is static, like being stuck in a rut, or like death. Life, on the […]

Puzzling life

Following newspaper columnist Joseph Kraft’s death in 1986, Roger Rosenblatt wrote in Time of the columnist’s art and gave an apt and enduring image of what I hope to do in this blog and elsewhere in my writing. “The columnist will make sense of all this somehow,” Rosenblatt wrote, referring to the continuing parade of news that […]

A word about sauntering

Today I begin to saunter, or, more precisely, to record some random ruminations that are the product of my sauntering. The word “sauntering” I take from Thoreau, a delightful word, full of the spirit of what my life seems to be, and I hope I’m not presumptuous in claiming it as self-descriptive. “I have met with […]