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March 25, 2018

Last week we discussed Wallace Stevens poem "Sunday Morning," and how to create a secular "church." In his poem he rejects Christian Doctrine and celebrates the actualities of human life and the physical universe as fulfilling man's needs without any compensating hope...

March 20, 2018


In this episode of the podcast I discuss, Peterson's 2nd rule: "Treat Yourself Like Someone You are Responsible for Helping."

What is it about people that makes many of us more likely to take care of our pets and less likely to take care of ourselves? Or why are so man...

March 18, 2018

In this inaugural episode of Sunday Morning Poetry I go through the poem "Sunday Morning" By Wallace Stevens. This humanist poem rejects Christian doctrine while celebrating spiritual values. How can an atheist pray? Poetically

Sunday Morning



March 15, 2018

For thousands of years the West has inculcated a "mind-body" or "soul-body" dichotomy. This is the idea that the body is inferior to the spirit, or consciousness. This dichotomy has given us religious ascetics who destroy their own bodies as well as sadism.

In modern Am...

March 13, 2018

Kubla Khan is a Trip man, for real. It's not surprising to hear that Coleridge was on drugs when he wrote this.

I chatted with a fellow podcaster, Rhys Morgan from Rhys lives in Birmingham—England! We've never met, but we swapped travel stories (b...

March 13, 2018

Robert Frost and Donald Trump would have been great friends. They have so much in common: They were both born in big American cities, both have wide appeal in rural America and both speak with poetic fervor about walls. “I will build a great wall — and nobody builds w...

March 2, 2018


I had the pleasure of sitting down with local San Antonio poet, Rohn Bayes. We talked about Whitman's great, short poem "A Noiseless Patient Spider," and how its metaphor "takes you places." That, after all, is the etymology of metaphor--to take you some where. This p...

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