Thank you for reading! This is the place on the internet where I collect my thoughts and work out some of the complexities of life and authenticity. It’s my cliché “little corner of the interwebs” and I’m grateful you stopped by.
A little about me and a glimpse into what you’ll find here…
- I love to learn. Love, love, love it. My favorite method of learning is reading, and I read as much as I can. You’ll find lots of references to books and I try to update some of my current favorites here.
- I love to talk. (Everyone who knows me says “No sh&*, Sherlock.”) There is nothing more fun than talking out complex, interesting ideas with complex, interesting people. What’s the point of learning if you can’t share and receive from others?! I have a podcast with one of the most complex, interesting, and awesome people in my life, all about philosophy, theory, and what some of the most complicated or esoteric ideas can illuminate about our day-to-day lives. You can find ways to listen here.
- I love to write. That’s the best way I seal ideas in my memory and understanding. As Flannery O’Connor said, “I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I wrote.” Writing is where I find out whether I truly understand an idea and where I dissect it and find out whether I have anything interesting or new to say about it. You can read my on-going thoughts on my blog or read my book (YES I WROTE A BOOK! I’m still very proud of the effort) here.
- I’m an ordained clergy of the Universal Life Church! It was a rigorous process of entering my email address. I performed my first wedding in August 2018 and found the experience incredibly meaningful, fulfilling, and humbling. I would love to do more, where I can be of service to people who are looking for the kind of service I can provide.
There is certainly more I can say about me, but I’ll let my blog speak to that.
One last thing. Driving my reading, writing, learning, and talking is a passion for truth and reality, as lofty and senior-philosophy-thesis-cliched as that sounds. In every situation, I really do want to know what is real and true about this world and the people in it. This includes finding out what is true about myself, even when that truth is uncomfortable and unpleasant. I think there is nothing more beautiful than truth. It is solid and comforting and challenging and frustrating and frightening and freeing. There is nothing better than knowing and believing what is true, and I want to learn how to use a better grasp of reality to become a better person. I want to care more about what is true than what I want or believe to be true. That’s a lifelong process, one I am not very good at right now, and I hope this website helps me get better at it, and that something I write can help someone else get better at finding truth, too.
Oh yeah, and I live in Hawai’i. People tend to like that part.
Not every day is like this, but the fact that every day could be like this is pretty amazing.
I look forward to sharing my thoughts, to (hopefully) finding something significant to say, and to (hopefully) reading thoughts from any readers out there (real or imaginary – I’m not picky). Thank you for visiting!
Jana M. Light is a fundraiser and amateur writer living in Honolulu, Hawaii. She loves classical music, high intensity workouts, running, the beach, philosophy, science, her cats, anything true, and (most of all) her physics-studying husband.