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Slumber Hold Me Tightly: The Gift of Sleep

Slumber Hold Me Tightly: The Gift of Sleep

“But slumber hold me tightly till I waken in the dawn, And hear the thrushes singing in the lilacs round the lawn.” Robert Louis Stevenson, ‘A Good Boy,’ in A Child's Garden of Verses How to think about the sleeping hours of the day might call for more attention than...

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Appreciating Onions

Appreciating Onions

“And I especially commend you for eating onions; they contain all health; they induce sleep; they may be called the apples of content, or again, the companion fruits of mankind.” Hilaire Belloc, “The Onion Eater” in The Hills and the Sea Eating is often an occasion...

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In a Hurry without Good Reason

In a Hurry without Good Reason

Further, a slow step is thought proper to the magnanimous man… for the man who takes few things seriously is not likely to be hurried… Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics As is often the case, these words of Aristotle must be carefully considered. “The man who takes few...

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On Retreat, with Gratitude

On Retreat, with Gratitude

I am finishing a retreat, for which I am very grateful. With apologies, no Wednesday Quote this week. May we all find the silence our inner selves crave. Both in special times set apart; and in our every day. With best wishes, until next week.

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Listening to the Elderly

Listening to the Elderly

“Therefore we ought to attend to the undemonstrated sayings and opinions of experienced and older people or of people of practical wisdom not less than to demonstrations; for because experience has given them an eye, they see aright.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics...

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Becoming a Better Lover

Becoming a Better Lover

“‘Try to pay attention to me,’ she said, ‘as best you can. You see, the man who has been thus far educated in matters of Love, who has beheld beautiful things in the right order and correctly, is coming now to the goal of Loving: all of a sudden he will catch sight of...

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The Key of Peace

The Key of Peace

“Peace is the tranquility of order.” St. Augustine, The City of God There are few words that exercise such a power over our hearts, and our imagination. A few years ago I was giving a lecture at a division-one university, introducing students to some basic points in...

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Playing Alone

Playing Alone

When I was down beside the sea A wooden spade they gave to me To dig the sandy shore. Robert Louis Stevenson, At the Sea-Side A Child's Garden of Verses There is nothing quite like playing alone. To watch it is a privilege. Indeed, in watching one might even...

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Seeing is Seeing

Seeing is Seeing

For not only that we might act, but even when we intend to do nothing, we prefer sight, as we may say, to all the other senses. Aristotle, Metaphysics This year the fireflies have been stunning. Last night my wife and I were mesmerized; we just sat and looked. And we...

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Delight Among the Oak Leaves

Delight Among the Oak Leaves

“When the cuckoo’s song is first heard among the oak leaves to the delight of mortals throughout the wide earth.” Hesiod, Works and Days VIDEO FOLLOWED BY DISTINCT REFLECTION What brings delight to people, or not, can show much about those people. Here Hesiod writes...

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In Praise of Spring Cleaning

In Praise of Spring Cleaning

“Let’s decide on the appropriate place for everything.... This will enable us to know which of our belongings are safe and sound, and which are not, because the place itself will cry out for anything that’s not there; our eyes will spot anything that needs attention;...

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A Letter to a New Grandchild

A Letter to a New Grandchild

"Perfect love sometimes doesn't come until the first grandchild." Welsh Proverb Dear David, I am your Mommy’s father. She calls me Daddy, and I hope that you will call me Granddaddy. It is hard to know where to begin in what I’d like to say to you. This past Saturday,...

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