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,...
Boarding School: A Father’s Retrospect

Boarding School: A Father’s Retrospect

“And the final outcome of education, I suppose we’d say, is a single newly finished person, who is either good or the opposite.” Plato, The Republic Two and half years ago I wrote a piece “When a Child Leaves Home,” when my son left for boarding school. In it I shared...
Doing Something about the Technology Problem

Doing Something about the Technology Problem

“Technology enchants; it makes us forget what we know about life. The new—any old new—becomes confused with progress.” “When we move from conversation to mere connection, we get a lot of unintended consequences.” Sherri Turkle, Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of...
Noticing Your Own Child

Noticing Your Own Child

“Something being one’s own and being loved are the two things that most cause human beings to take diligent care.” Aristotle, Politics It was in a sermon I heard this past weekend. In describing a holy young man the priest said: “And already at...
When a Daughter Gets Engaged

When a Daughter Gets Engaged

“I think that the gods exercised especially acute discernment in establishing the particular pairing which is called ‘male and female,’ to ensure that, when the partners cooperate, such a pair may be of the utmost mutual benefit.” Xenophon, The Estate Manager One of...

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