A Deeper Gift of Vacation

A Deeper Gift of Vacation

“Amusement is a sort of relaxation, and we need relaxation because we cannot work continuously.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics “Leisure is the end of toil.” Aristotle, Politics Aristotle distinguishes two kinds of downtime: amusement and leisure. Amusement refers to...
Learning How to Have a Good Time Together

Learning How to Have a Good Time Together

“What is a good time? Does anything of the sort exist?” Josef Pieper “The trick is not to arrange a festival, but to find people who can enjoy it.” Friedrich Nietzsche The time we spend with loved ones during Christmastide can be downright discouraging. People get...
Sitting on the Porch

Sitting on the Porch

“I cannot separate it [watching the world go by] from the porch where it occurs. The action and the space are indivisible. The action is supported by this kind of space. The space supports this kind of action. The two form a unit, a pattern of events in space.”...
What to Do This Summer

What to Do This Summer

“And it was summer–warm, beautiful summer.” Hans Christian Andersen Making a household today often calls for being intentional. By being ‘intentional’ I mean making a conscious and regular effort to deliberate about how best to achieve an end. In an...
A Place to Watch the World Go By

A Place to Watch the World Go By

“For instance, in order for the pattern of events ‘watching the world go by’ to happen, it is essential that the porch should be a little raised above the level of the street; it is essential that the porch be deep enough, to let a group of people...

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