The Trinity Door

I wandered. Past the 3rd floor ballroom where the mariachis play. Past the luthier’s shop where I played 3 different guitars. Past 3 different artist lairs. Towards the old Lemp mansion and brewery and warehouses. This is where I stumbled upon the door with the number 3.

Saint Louis has so many neighborhoods that stand as worlds of their own. Unique vibes and personalities. Odd shops and eateries. Historical buildings and loads of nostalgia. And of course…hidden caves.

One of the neighborhoods I like to room is rife with stories waiting to bubble to the surface. It was there I encountered “The Trinity Door”:

Restaurant Review: A Healthy Dose of Yum

I travel a moderate amount for work and for fun. Each city I visit I try to make it a point to visit interesting eateries, breweries, coffee bars, museums and the like.

One of our work vendors is in Richardson, Texas. We have been down there several times now…and I’ve actually found some nice spots to eat within walking distance of the hotel we stay at.

On a recent trip down I found myself walking 1.5 miles to a Whole Foods that recently opened.

In front of the grocer was a food-to-table chain that was new to me. I made a point of going back the next day and grabbing “a healthy dose of yum” as I call it in my almost gushing review.

You can see what I had to say on Trip Advisor:

Comic Books: Not Just for Children Anymore

Graphic novels are nothing new. Neither are comics targeted to an adult audience. But there has been a rapid revolution in the caliber of story, art and presentation in the graphic novel business. Especially over the past 20 years.

A few years back I wrote a short piece for CRITIQUE magazine that touched on three graphic novels: Art Spiegelman’s Maus; Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis; Gianni Pacinotti’s Notes for a War Story.

While I have read and reviewed many graphic novels since this article was published. I think it serves as a good introduction to the form.

Here then is a link to my article published in CRITIQUE magazine and now available on the Ransom Fellowship website:

Recently asked: “Would religion stand a chance if introduced today?”

I recently watched the Russian film “Hard to Be God.” The premise is that Russian cosmonauts land on a planet that is much like earth. People on that planet have entered a time equivalent to that leading up to the Renaissance. But they had not Renaissance. And they had no concept of God. The cosmonauts are told not to interfere – but in the eyes of the people they are treated almost like gods.  It’s a rough film to watch. But it speaks to an interesting point, “What would the world look like without religion?”

I recently fielded a similar question on Quora: “Would religion stand a chance if introduced today?”

It’s a question based on many assumptions. Today would not look like today without religion. It would be a much uglier world I’m afraid. Religions have made dramatic contributions to global culture over time. I almost wonder if this person was trying to ask: “Would the concept of God stand a chance if introduced today?” – or – “Would Christianity stand a chance if introduced today?” Both are interesting questions to ponder.

You can see how I approached the question of religion on Quora: