Keeping Traditional Observances

Keeping Traditional Observances

“…anyone who carelessly rejects the external traditions or treats them with irony is doing something dangerous.” Josef Pieper “Indeed, modern men, who lack such things, lack sustenance, and our fathers who founded all those ritual observances were very...
Directing Our Conversation

Directing Our Conversation

“Socrates’ own conversation was ever of human matters. Investigating what is pious, what is impious; what is beautiful, what is ugly; what is just, what is unjust; what is prudence, what is madness; what is courage, what is cowardice; what is a state, what is a...
Grandpa’s Stories at Thanksgiving

Grandpa’s Stories at Thanksgiving

“So take refreshment, take your ease in hall, and cheer the time with stories. I’ll begin. Not that I think of naming, far less telling, every feat of that rugged man, Odysseus, but here is something that he dared to do…” Helen of Troy, in Homer, The Odyssey VIDEO,...
The Gift of Hunting

The Gift of Hunting

“Shepherds, …fishers, and hunters have increase of food spontaneously from nature, not from barter or commerce…Domestic animals are for both the use and the food they provide, and most but not all wild animals are for the sake of food and other uses…...
A House: A Permanent Monument

A House: A Permanent Monument

“A magnificent man will also furnish his house suitably to his wealth, for even a house is a sort of public ornament, and will spend by preference on those works that are lasting, for these are the most beautiful.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics At root wealth always...
The Falling of Leaves

The Falling of Leaves

“The leaves are hardly heard, but they are heard just so much that men also, who are destined at the end to grow glorious and to die, look up and hear them falling.” Hilaire Belloc, ‘Autumn and the Fall of Leaves’ in Hills and the Sea No matter...

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