I dedicate this site to the memory of my stepdaughter, Heather, who was murdered on Thanksgiving 2017. I want to chronicle some of the events and spiritual insights that happened. It is my hope that this may help some other souls who stumble upon this site. Maybe some good can come off this after all (read more here).  ~ May 2018

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Do wasps get dunk? From a buzz to alcoholism

Last night a wasp tried to drown itself in my beer. Do wasps get drunk? It seemed strange at the time, because at that very moment I was reading in a book about how alcohol affects our lives and bodies, and how alcoholism destroys lives. Maybe we can learn from that little wasp.

Making sense of a senseless death, grief, anger, and asking why?

About half a year ago, my stepdaughter was murdered. When you experience such a horrendous tragedy, you feel a range of emotions. Foremost you feel pain, the deepest anguish and grief imaginable. But also anger, anger towards the killer, towards yourself, even towards God. All the while you ask “why”? Why do bad things like this happen to good people? Why does God allow this to happen? What are the causes for such horrible things?

Philosophical thoughts on The Steps of Essence

The whole point of my book The Steps of Essence is to make philosophy accessible to a wider audience, and I don’t want to turn off anybody who is not quite as fluent in philosophy by posting something overly abstruse. The book makes a very conscious effort to stay clear of such heavy language while still presenting the concepts in more accessible form. Warning: serious philosophy lingo in this post Having stated this disclaimer, somebody recently posted this great question to me, which deserves a true philosophical answer, so here we go – philosopher mode on. Warning: serious philosophy lingo below.