Waiting (redux)

Dogs always seem to be in waiting. Waiting for food. Waiting to be let out or walked. Waiting for the stick to be tossed. Waiting for their human companion to come home. Waiting to wait. That means time to reflect, wonder, pontificate, meditate, speculate. Could dogs be philosophers-in-training? What wisdom might they harbor? Cats do […]

Keeping the temple clean

Keeping the temple clean. A daily ritual in India … and everywhere else. Same thing here: the bathroom sink needs scrubbing; the litter must be changed; the dishes have to be washed; and the thick veneer of dust on the steps piles upon itself. The rituals and habits, I suppose, build character and eventually a […]

Slow Down: Child at Play

(Photo: summer street dance, West Philadelphia) “The only truly serious questions are ones that even a child can formulate,” suggests Milan Kundera. “Only the most naive of questions are truly serious. They are the questions with no answers.” Currently, a small movement known as Philosophy for Children is interested in the issue of when and […]