The pace that I write seems to be a matter of “self-image” dare I call it the New Age. In other words, I mean, that I see myself as I write; not New Age at all. I am seeing myself, quite unnicely I might add, in light of how fast or slow I write. If I write fast, I feel I have good “self-image”. If I write slow, I feel like I have a poor “self-image”. Of course, that is a generalization and I write at the pace that flows at the time and that depends on how much thinking I must do. Whether fast or slow, what does “self-image” matter when I am writing? And at the pace the suits me at the time. What does it really matter?

The mentor

Then I am reminded, in the throes of writing a piece frantically. Remember the lesson? The one in the classroom? All those years ago? It felt like the lesson Luke Skywalker had to learn in the cave and correct his “inner demon”. What a crock. Gotta correct my inner demon? Nah. Yes, I remember that scene now. Just a movie scene. It was like Indiana Jones understanding something for the first time. But, for me, it was understanding something more than one time. I have been recalling it more often than usual. The wise words. The word that offers guidance the right way. So, when I am writing something, I remember the mentor’s words and apply it where appropriate. My affection goes out to the mentor: your guidance in writing helps, I think. Indeed, it does…

Moving on with stories

In 2014, the Archbishop signaled hope for the world and stories of good news as one of the contributors. Stories could contribute to healing the world, he said. It has all to do with “natural theology” he told me, as the final film in The Hobbit was released. Here was what he said about natural theology and stories in 2014:

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Minister draws a line on Apocalypse Now

The Archbishop disagreed with film critic Roger Ebert’s comment about The Return of the King, in 2003. Ebert said Return of the King did not have the weight of a masterpiece like Apocalypse Now. Here is what the Archbishop said in defense of Return of the King and The Lord of the Rings:

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