David Reads “God on a Tightrope,” by Marjorie Maddox

Well, Easter has passed, and once again I realize that aside from the discussion of certain issues and how they are affected by politics and religion, I rarely ever talk about my own faith or spirituality here on the Dad Poet blog. While I have dedicated multiple posts to feasts, celebrations and songs of Christmas, I don’t…

Ellen Is Not an Enemy to Family Values

“Maybe your group could work to wipe out hunger. Or to ensure health care for families. Or to expose and obliterate sexual abuse and exploitation of kids. Maybe you could put your Christian values to work gathering up toys — or, I don’t know, coats? — for kids that might not otherwise have them come…

Going Outside of Ourselves for Genius; Who is the Muse?

“I’m listening to my muse;” or after being complimented for a stroke of genius in her work, a poet has sometimes been known to say something like this, “It just came to me from somewhere; the poem almost wrote itself.”  Are these ideas contradictory to the spirit of this modern age of enlightenment we find ourselves…

A Word about Gay Marriage and Religious Rights

My poet friends can read all of the double meaning and irony into that title that they would like. I read a great blog post the other day by James Erich about why states in the U.S. allowing gays to marry was no infringement on anyone’s religious rights. It was so succinctly and logically stated…