I anticipate having many first-time readers today, and so I want to welcome them to “Food for the Spirit and the Soul,” and I also welcome anew people who have already visited my Web Site. In order for newcomers to obtain a sense of my ambitions for this site, I recommend that they begin by reading the “About” posting.

What people will not find here is also of some importance; while I certainly have principles that are apparent in my postings, I will not engage in the sort of extremist canting that unfortunately passes for intelligent discourse in our Republic. Confucius said that to pursue oddities only leads to harm, by which he meant that to take an undue interest in things strange or extreme will eventually distort someone’s view of the world and likely make him or her unbalanced – and we have far too many unbalanced people drowning our media in a flood of one-sided, extremist propaganda. In short, we have an excess number of “odd” individuals posing as reasonable, well-educated beings.

What you will discover in “Food for the Spirit and the Soul” are various attempts at wit, irony, and complexity – the general hallmarks of a healthy civilization or person – as well as a generous dose of skepticism about all received opinion. Like many Americans, I am the heir of Athens, by which I mean that I see life as an exploration that each person must take for himself; no authentic adventure is possible for someone using another person’s map. I hope that you find the various postings edifying, delightful, and, above all, thought-provoking. As you will discover, it is possible to approach this world in diverse ways and to address it with many voices.

I ask my readers, both new and old, to help me in two ways. First, they can spread word of the existence of this site. Second, I need a publisher for my books, including and especially Vintage Days, which is a collection of the frames of the wine columns that I wrote for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for more than a dozen years, and a few of which appear on this Web Site. If anyone who either knows a publisher or knows the best means by which I can contact one effectively, he or she can write me an e-mail.

Please, then, accept both my welcome and my invitation to read on. Let me know what you think. Authors write for a presumed audience, but it is always gratifying to have a monologue become a conversation, and that is true in more than just writing.

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3 Responses to Welcome

  1. Ashley_Earnest says:

    Definitely sounds like my kind of site!

    Glad I got to see you at Hastings the other day.

    -Earnest (saves christmas) .

  2. rkilpa says:

    Dr. Neralich,
    Rachel “the rock” Greenaway (now Kilpatrick) here. I heard you ran into Denton at Ozark Natural Foods, and I am so happy to see you have a website. I can’t believe it has been so many years since I last sat in your classroom..makes me feel quite old. As I am sure Denton told you, I am now a 4th year medical student at UT Southwestern in Dallas. I’ll be graduating in June with my first “real job” starting in July as an intern in internal medicine. Your class was absolutely my favorite class in high school, and certainly the one I took the most from. I still try and maintain some view of the “water” in which I live, but of course that can be difficult. I hope you are doing well. Feel free to e-mail me: … I would love to hear from you.

  3. sammilligan says:

    Dr. Neralich,

    I am glad to see that you are considering publishing some of your written material. I have often thought that you would do the world a great deal of justice by publishing pieces of your infinite wisdom on topics such as boa vs python.

    To be completely serious, I would enjoy reading a book written by you, and I am sure you would rather have people read phonetic symbols splashed on pieces of laminated wood than read them arrayed as bits on light on a computer monitor. Something about books does feel more authentic and longer lasting than the intangible storage of computer memory. Unfortunately, they seem to be going ‘out of style’, but I still think your influence would be far more valuable in the print of a book than the incorporeal world of the internet. Although, I believe the internet is a good place to start.

    Your style reminds me of Vonnegut or Hermann Hesse, but perhaps this is because the last two books I have read are ‘Timequake’ by Vonnegut and ‘Siddhartha’ by Hesse. I wish I was aware of a publisher that I could recommend for you, but unfortunately I am not. If, however, I come across any, I will try to let you know.

    Good luck.
    – Sam

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