bumblebee in foxglove

Autonomy

I blame Lewis Thomas for my fixation on autonomy. In his essay by that name he talked about happily giving control of his liver, heart, and the rest of his insides to his body. It does a much better job of regulating these functions that he would, he reasoned, though conceding, “it might be something of a temptation to take…

Grace in Death 2

Taking the Measure of Love

Love. It defines us. Sometimes it wrecks us. More has been written about love than about any other aspect of our human nature. And yet, we have no solid knowledge about its mechanisms. We come upon it, often, by chance. Is love enough, we wonder? Does the comfort and joy outweigh the risk? Once we find it, we recognize it.…