Ghost writer, essayist, marketer, Zen Buddhist, academic refugee, living in Athens GA, blogging at A Quiet Normal Life:


A man, his music, and his cars

Bruce Springsteen on stage facing the audience, holding a Telecaster, and sweating heavily
“It’s about a mile down on the dark side of Route Eighty-eight” (Bruce Springsteen at Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, FL, 15 August 2008, adapted; original photo by Craig ONeal)

Billy Joel started this.

It was back in the early ’80s, around when Joel’s “Uptown Girl” video was rotating on MTV. I read this magazine interview, he was asked something about the path to there from Glass Houses and from Piano Man before that. …

It wasn’t made for people, and the Devil wasn’t there

Section of a painting picturing a naked Adam and Eve in a garden with a male human figure in a red robe, surrounded by several animals, some natural, some fanciful
Adam and Eve in the garden with God/Jesus and various flora and fauna, natural and otherwise (“The Garden of Earthly Delights,” detail, Hieronymus Bosch, c. 1485, public domain)

Don’t know about you, but I came out of Sunday school as a kid thinking the Bible said God made a garden for Adam and Eve, a paradise on earth for His children, and they screwed it up by obeying the Devil.

Turns out, the Bible doesn’t say any of…

Paul Thomas Zenki

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