My Search for Wisdom

The Getting of Wisdom Podcast

The Getting of
Wisdom

What is wisdom? When is a man or woman wise?

Is it philosophy – or is philosophy just the ability to put thoughts into big words and long sentences?

Does a thought have to be old to be wise? Or are the pundits, self-help gurus, experimental sociologists and rotating podcasters wiser and more knowledgable than the honored thinkers of the past?

I always thought I would naturally acquire the thing we call wisdom by my age – but instead, I find I have to go out and actively search for it, even now.

So that’s want I’m doing.

This podcast, The Getting of Wisdom, is about my journey in searh of wisdom.

The Wisdom of 101 Famous Poems

The Wisdom
of 101 Famous Poems

Just about every American family has a copy of it in their living room:

The beloved poetry anthology 101 Famous Poems.

When I was a kid, its poems were like any other poems. But when I picked it up again as an adult, I realized that the anthology was unique – these were not random poems thrown together just because they were “famous” – they were about a certain kind of American philosophy of life. Unlike most modern poetry, they reflected values – often conservative values, and certainly the values that made America great.

What’s more, these are values we’re largely forgotten today. And they are values we all need today more tan ever.

In my video project The Wisdom of 101 Famous Poems, a few friends and I put each poem onto video and add to an Essa about the values reflected in it – in the hope that maybe someone out there could use it a little perspective right now.

Book: the Art of Worldly Wisdom

The Art of Worldly Wisdom

400 years ago, a Jesuit priest in Spain sat down and wrote out 300 rules of success.

His book, The Art of Worldly Wisdom, was the first truly great self-help book and every word in it was true then – and is still true today. There are some things about human behavior that are hard to put into words, harder still to change in yourself – but which never change, no matter how much society changes.

In my Thoughtfully Modernized Edition, I have taken the language and tweaked it – making it more straight-forward, clearer and easier for modern readers to enjoy.

I am publishing my edition, chapter for chapter, as a video series (which you can watch now on YouTube and Vimeo.com/HulaInk), and have begun searching for a US publishing partner for the printed edition.

Podcast: My Very Last Life

My Very Last Life

When I turned 60 I decided to do something different with my life – a new life, my very last life, taking up the 20 good years I probably have left. What that is, and where I will end up, is the adventure.

This podcast (audio only) is my sporadic thoughts, hopes and rants along the way.

The New Psalms

The New Psalms

If you’re read my book Losing My Religion, you’ll know I left my faith but still yearn for God … and for purpose, for meaning, for hope.

I believe there is more to human life than just biological existence – maybe not a God, maybe not life after death, but meaning and fulfillment.

And I have re-discovered prayer.

I pray again, but I don’t pray to a God, rather, to something less easily definable, perhaps to the spirit of the universe, of love, of life, of humanity. My prayers are mantras, meditations, a reminder to myself that there is more to you and me than we know.

Psalms for Our Time is my attempt to formulate prayers that are relevant in a time of skepticism yet need, of confusion yet yearning, of darkness yet hope.

The Germans Have a Word for That

The Germans
Have a Word for That

Sometimes the world is so strange, unexplainable, even frightening, that there are no words for what is going on all around us.

Unless you now German. The German have those words.

Gedöns means something like “Much ado about nothing” and that says it all about today’s public discourse.

Lieb is love, but it’s not Big Love, it’s a very special kind of love, smaller, more private, more modest, and just what you need when Big Love is over.

Absacker is the last drink – except that it usually turns out to be the first drink of the best part of the evening.

The best part of the German language is not the sometimes inelegant sounds, not the unnecessarily complicated sentence structure, but the words – full of irony, philosophy, truth and wistfulness, they are often little novels within themselves.

My Books about Wisdom

Book: Do Cats Have Souls?

Funny Question,
Serious Answer

Every cat lover has gone through this:

Your beloved cat dies, and you grieve – maybe you even cry, and you excuse yourself to friends – “I’m so silly – she was only a pet.”

But was she just a pet? Or was she a deep, complex individual creature like we are?

Do cats think, feel, have free will as we do? Do they have souls as deep as ours? Do they love us back?

And while we’re at it – do we humans have a soul? What is a soul?

These are the questions I ask in this book of essays, stories and thoughts about love, life, the soul and cats.

Book: The Art of Worldly Wisdom

The Mother of all
Self-Improvement Books

400 years ago, a Jesuit priest in Spain sat down and wrote out 300 rules of success.

His book, The Art of Worldly Wisdom, was the first truly great self-help book and every word in it was true then – and is still true today. There are some things about human behavior that are hard to put into words, harder still to change in yourself – but which never change, no matter how much society changes.

In my Thoughtfully Modernized Edition, I have taken the language and tweaked it – making it more straight-forward, clearer and easier for modern readers to enjoy.

I am publishing my edition, chapter for chapter, as a video series (which you can watch now on YouTube and Vimeo.com/HulaInk), and have begun searching for a US publishing partner for the printed edition.

Book: The Soul

No Cats,
Just Souls

Everything in the book Do Cats Have Souls?, but without the cats.