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Perspectives from Larry Hollon

Last Build Date: Sat, 20 Jan 2018 21:51:37 +0000


Snow Falling Gently

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 14:35:55 +0000

Snow falling gently in a quiet wood is sacramental, a gracious act revealing the sacredness of Creation. I was reminded of this on a cold winter day as I listened to the rat-a-tat-tat of a pair of pileated woodpeckers and the low hoot of a distant owl as snow covered the woodlands where I stood. […]

Surveying Our Ethical Landscape

Sat, 30 Dec 2017 15:51:16 +0000

I’m about half-way through Thoreau: A Life by Laura Dassow Walls and I was struck by the recounting of Thoreau’s survey of Walden pond. The pond had never been surveyed and local lore had it that the pond was bottomless. In the depth of winter, when he could walk on the frozen water, Thoreau set […]

Jordan: Awe-inspiring beauty, culture, people

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 13:56:53 +0000

Standing in the Roman Citadel on the highest point of the modern city of Amman, Jordan before sunrise, the pale light of dawn revealed the ruins of the great temple of Hercules built by the Romans around 30 BC. The site is considered by some experts to be among the world’s oldest continuously inhabited places with […]

The People, The Science, The Eclipse

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 23:45:33 +0000

Having never experienced one, I’m looking forward to the eclipse on August 21, 2017.  Totality is said to be a life-changing event. Some claim to find spiritual renewal, while others report it leads them to new or renewed interest in understanding the natural world, cosmology, and a broader appreciation of science. In a day when […]

Impending Famine

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:04:41 +0000

I just finished watching We Who Remain, a new virtual reality film from the New York Times about survivors of the Sudan civil war. They are from the Nuba mountain region that was retained by the government in the north when South Sudan was created. But rebels from the south continued to operate in the […]

A Walk in the Woods

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:04:30 +0000

For the past 2 1/2 years, I have made it a point to walk approximately three miles every day. Most often I walk at a wildlife conservation area with many trails and a lake within the city limits of metropolitan Nashville. I made a goal to post one photo a day of nature or wildlife […]

On Reading Again–and a tongue in cheek thank you

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 22:49:21 +0000

I suppose I should thank Donald Trump because in a roundabout way he has caused me to become a reader again. I got so frustrated during the campaign that I stopped watching network television news. I also turned off NPR.   This was a major change for me. I was an information junkie. I was […]

A Trump Anti-Inauguration Plan

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 19:58:02 +0000

How does a person of faith and a concerned citizen respond to the inauguration of Donald Trump which is only days away? The question is especially pertinent if you believe Trump is a danger to the country, if not the world, and articulates opinions and policies that are clearly in conflict with the teachings of […]

Hope in a Post-truth World

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 15:13:46 +0000

In a helpful analysis of the uses of social media by the water protectors at Standing Rock, Ginny Underwood points out how social media were used to tell the story of the people protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. The analysis was published by United Methodist News Service, the news arm of The United Methodist Church. […]

The Failure of TV News, Or Why I Have Given Up on TV Journalism

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 02:10:43 +0000

I have watched one news program on television since the election, BBC America. I’ve kept up wth the news through online reading and Reuters video among others. When I started writing this post my intent was to explain why I was turning away from watching TV news. After the way television news programs handled the Trump […]