All posts by Richard

writer | photographer | canoeist | contemplative | My highest value is beauty and excellence. I admire it in nature, ideas, and creations. My second value is truth. I seek it in thinking, relationships, and perception. My third value is kindness. I study religion, literature, and art -- tuned as they are for the heart. I marvel at the sparks of genius that come to all who set themselves a worthy task or question. It is through these values that I am made whole.

Original Review of The Pagan Temptation

Re-post of a book review I made in 2010 of Thomas Molnar’s classic, Pagan Temptation in preparation for a new review of the book in 2020

Comparing 2 Takumar 55mm Lenses

A comparison of two lenses in the Takumar line of 55mm lenses, shows minimal difference, with the newer SMC version having slightly more accurate, less pink tones.

A Year of Bokeh

It started when I looked at a photo by Eden Bromfield and thought, “woah, how did he get that shot?” I’d been looking at photos for months, deciding what I was most drawn to. What […]

Beauty Will Save the World

“Too often, beauty that is thrust upon us is illusory and deceitful, superficial and blinding, leaving the onlooker dazed; instead of bringing him out of himself and opening him up to horizons of true freedom […]

Westholme Tea Farm

Westholme Tea Farm is dedicated to reflecting wabi sabi in their tea and tea utensils.

Coming Out as an Empath

The same sensitivity and awareness that causes increased pain, also empowers empaths to know deeper and richer levels of solitude, sabi, and mono no aware. They see all kinds of beauty and they tend to see it everywhere. They feel deep connections in nature, and with others. Their heart it touched every day.  I intuitively knew that if I numbed my pain, I would also numb my joy.

Meekness,Wu-wei, and De

Because powerful people lose empathy the longer they have power, some mechanism is needed to counteract this phenomenon if they are to remain responsive to those they lead, and a benefit to the community. Various traditions, including Christianity, Daoism, Zen, and Stoicism, have all discovered ways to foster meekness and related qualities.

The Knowledge of Good and Evil

The stories of Adam and Eve and Cain and Able are a commentary on suffering.

Why Advice to “Man Up” is Flawed

For those looking for a bottom line to this topic, it is this: Don’t simply repress your emotions, or put on a mask of toughness; instead, learn the techniques, skills, and strategies for developing grit and resiliency. But there is more than just Positive Psychology and getting grit.

Type A, B, and C Personalities

Type A Medical commentary from the late 1960s through the 1990s speculated about two types of personalities associated with disease. Cardiologists Meyer Friedman and RH Rosenman coined the phrase “Type A Personality” several years after […]