The Time to Go to School

The Time to Go to School

“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, Republic Thinking about education is one of the most central and thorny of questions for parents. This time of year is usually a...
Planting Now for Later

Planting Now for Later

“He who postpones wrestles with ruin.” Hesiod, Works and Days One of the profound aspects of our relationship with the earth, and with one another, is timing. There are natural rhythms, to which we need to learn to conform ourselves. Isn’t one of the...
Playing Games with Children

Playing Games with Children

“But when children play the right games from the beginning… it follows them in everything…” Socrates, in Plato’s Republic The question broke through the pleasant fog of dozing off on the couch on a Sunday afternoon. “Daddy, do you want to play statue?”...
Summer Reading Aloud, Together

Summer Reading Aloud, Together

“We read to know that we’re not alone.” –attributed to C.S. Lewis; actually from Shadowlands, a movie about Lewis. While there is something attractive about this quotation, I’m glad that Lewis didn’t actually say it. While reading can indeed be a wonderful way...
Walking for Its Own Sake

Walking for Its Own Sake

“To walk because it is good for you warps the soul, just as it warps the soul for a man to talk for hire or because he think it his duty.” Hilaire Belloc Perhaps Belloc exaggerates—something to which he was prone. But it raises a great question: why should one walk?...

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