Cleaving the Earth with a Plow

Cleaving the Earth with a Plow

“The farmer cleaves the earth with his curved plow. This is his yearlong work, thus he sustains His homeland, thus his little grandchildren, His herds and trusty bullocks. Never a pause!” Virgil, The Georgics A man puts a plow in the earth. Behind a horse. He knows...
How We Were Raised–And the Difference It Makes

How We Were Raised–And the Difference It Makes

“It makes no small difference, then, whether we form habits of one kind or of another from our very youth; it makes a very great difference, or rather all the difference.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics G.K. Chesterton said that either way you fall off a tight rope,...
Thinking About Death–for the Sake of Life

Thinking About Death–for the Sake of Life

“To hold aloof from death is to cheat oneself of the profoundest insight into one’s own personal reality.” Josef Pieper, Death and Immortality At issue for me is my avoidance behavior. Though in my mind I am convinced that I should think about my death, I really...
Thinking About Death

Thinking About Death

“We must make ready for death before we make ready for life.” Seneca When I decided to share a quote on death this week, I didn’t think it would be such an occasion for self-examination. There are some who spend time thinking about death because of an obsession with...
The Secret of the Marriage Bed

The Secret of the Marriage Bed

Penelope: “If really he is Odysseus, truly home, beyond all doubt we two shall know each other …. There are secret signs we know, we two.” … Odysseus: “There is our pact and pledge, our secret sign, built into that bed—my handiwork and no one else’s! An old trunk of...
When a Daughter Gets Married

When a Daughter Gets Married

“When a festival goes as it should, men receive something that it is not in human power to give.” “In celebrating festivals festively, man passes beyond the barriers of this present life on earth.” Josef Pieper, In Tune with the World: A Theory of Festivity I think I...

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