Steve McEllistrem

The Devereaux Dilemma

Category Archives: Uncategorized

← Older posts

Quid Pro Quo

Posted on by steve-mcellistrem

There’s been a lot of talk of quid pro quo lately and I think it’s worth discussing because it’s prevalent in our society, albeit rarely formalized. With Trump and Ukraine, for example, it’s pretty clear that there was a quid … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Quid Pro Quo

Weakness as Strength

Posted on by steve-mcellistrem

Weakness as strength is a Taoist thought. Lao Tzu said, “Nothing in the world is weaker than water but against the hard and the strong nothing outdoes it.” And Wang Tao said, “Eight feet of water can float a thousand-ton … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Weakness as Strength

Giving Up

Posted on by steve-mcellistrem

When is the right time to give up? When is it okay to stop banging your head against the wall? Well, if you’re literally banging your head against a wall, I’d say you’re allowed to give up pretty much immediately. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Giving Up

Along the Path

Posted on by steve-mcellistrem

Which begins at the edge of the parking lot Easing me into wilderness Conveying me from almost prairie Into something like wooded seclusion Where I’m surrounded by oak and ash and maple sunlight dappling the ground Viceroys commingling with grasshoppers … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Along the Path

Shared Sacrifice

Posted on by steve-mcellistrem

We are all capable of great goodness, and yet we are all complicit in the killing of our neighbors. Everything we do, in some way, harms the world and the people around us. We buy soap, which contains chemicals that … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Shared Sacrifice

What is Good?

Posted on by steve-mcellistrem

What does it mean for something to be good? It seems pretty simple on the surface. Everybody knows what “good” means, right? Except that it’s actually a pretty difficult question to answer. Philosophers have struggled with it for centuries. The … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What is Good?

The Gold Doubloon

Posted on by steve-mcellistrem

You might not believe this but I found a gold doubloon the other day – an old Spanish coin dated 1537. It had been dented by a musket ball fired at Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor. How do I … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Gold Doubloon

Our Faith Is Our Downfall

Posted on by steve-mcellistrem

Most of us believe strongly in either God or Science. A few of us believe strongly in both. That ought to be a comfort, but it really isn’t. Christians see the world through the framework of the Bible, Muslims through … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Our Faith Is Our Downfall

Summer Heatwaves

Posted on by steve-mcellistrem

Here we are in the swelter of a Minneapolis summer, temperatures reaching the 90s, dewpoints in the 70s, humidity suffocating, hot breezes offering no more than the hope of relief as they ripple across our bodies while we pretend they’re … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Summer Heatwaves

Waiting

Posted on by steve-mcellistrem

Lately I’ve been feeling like I’m waiting for something, as if some important event is about to happen and I need to be prepared for it, but not knowing what that event might be makes it difficult to gather the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Waiting
← Older posts