As my daughters could all tell you, several of my favorite quotes come from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Among them: the title character’s famous reflection on the state of human knowledge, “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in our philosophy.”
I think this remains as true today as it was when Shakespeare wrote it. Sure, we’ve learned some stuff in the last four centuries–about the heavens and the earth and perhaps even philosophy. But our dreams are still much smaller than the sum of the whole shebang. We still see “through a glass, darkly.” We still bear witness to the finite and swear it must be infinite all the time.
This blog is my attempt, in the end, to reckon with this problem–to articulate what I know (my truths) without losing sight of what transcends me (my wonders). I suspect this is the actual road to wisdom. We shall see.
I hope someday my daughters will read these pages, and so get to know me and my own thinking a little bit better–and maybe even learn something useful, too. Some things I write are addressed to them (“Dear Daughters”). Others are addressed to my fellow writers–I’ve been an editor and communications professional for over 20 years, so hopefully I have something helpful to say. Still others are really just addressed to myself.
If you find any of it interesting, I’m glad. I can’t promise that my musings and memoirs will always amuse, but I’m always happy to meet fellow learners. So stay as long as you like, and feel free to drop me a line.