Victor Hugo and The Gothic Age

When the time came for Victor Hugo to be born (1802), most of Europe’s cathedrals were falling into grave disrepair. Unlike man, cathedrals do not have a voice of their own, and no one was speaking for the aging gothic buildings. By the early 1800s, many cathedrals fell out of favor, became forgotten, and wereContinue reading “Victor Hugo and The Gothic Age”

Thinking About Thoreau

Being the current times what they are, I have been thinking a lot about Thoreau these days. His books Walden and Civil Disobedience have always appealed to me, but lately, his words have been resonating even more. Thoreau has been my spirit animal since I was 16 years old, and he is the reason why I say thatContinue reading “Thinking About Thoreau”

Follow Your Passion

What is passion? It’s a concept that I have been thinking a lot about lately. Passion. What does passion mean? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines passion as an “intense, driving, or overmastering feeling or conviction” as well as an “object of desire or deep interest.” The COVID-19 pandemic has caused me to think about a lot ofContinue reading “Follow Your Passion”

Humanity

This is not a picture of Michel de Montaigne’s castle. I looked on Google maps to see where Château de Montaigne was located, and it resides in a part of France that I have never been to before. The castle depicted is Château de Belcayre, and it’s a good 121 km (75 miles) from ChâteauContinue reading “Humanity”