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Striving to live a truly human life we feel confused and undermined by an obsession with power and wealth rather than relationship, image rather than reality, and connection rather than presence. There is a craft that empowers you to fashion a vibrant life for yourself and your loved ones.

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Every Wednesday, receive short, practical reflections on timeless principles and how they apply today.

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...

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Remembering Miscarried Children

Remembering Miscarried Children

“Can a mother forget her child?” Isaiah 49:15 My wife and I would have had a three month old child right now had we not lost this child in the tenth week of pregnancy last summer. But of course we do have that child right now. It just happens that he is not ‘three...

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Reclaiming Manners between Men and Women

Reclaiming Manners between Men and Women

The latest in my series on Reclaiming Manners is an article I posted at The Catholic Gentleman, a reflection on this quotation: "The greatest man would justly be reckoned a brute if he were not civil to the meanest woman." Martine's Handbook of Etiquette (1866)...

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John Cuddeback

Husband and father, a philosophy professor, and a man on a search.

In my quarter century as a philosophy professor I’ve been exposed to much wisdom. I try to assimilate it, and I want to share what I have found.

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Man of the Household

Be a true man in your household

Cultural pressures, coupled with accusations of toxic masculinity, make us uncertain of how to be a man, so we feel frustrated and paralyzed. Join Man of the Household in seeking the reality of true manhood, and find the confidence to live out the gift of your manhood.

Marital Conversation

Marital Conversation

“Is there anyone to whom you speak less than to your wife?” Socrates, in Xenophon’s The Estate Manager Thomas Aquinas suggests that spouses ought to have the greatest of friendships. His central reason is that they share in the “whole course of daily life.” In...

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Care for a Wife’s Health

Care for a Wife’s Health

“Seeing, then, that such care is lavished on the body’s food, surely every care should be taken on behalf of our own children’s mother and nurse, in whom is implanted the seed from which there springs a living soul.” Aristotle, Economics Aristotle is reflecting upon...

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A Husband in Winter

A Husband in Winter

“At the very moment when the vine has shed Its latest leaves and the cold north wind has shaken The glory from the woods, at that same moment The lively husbandman projects his thoughts Into the coming year…” Virgil, The Georgics, II, 403-406 A husband in a family is...

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True Friendship

Form the kind of friendships that make life worth living.

In a culture that puts connectedness over presence, and success over relationship, the true friendships we crave seem out of reach. Turn to the time-tested wisdom about the reality of true friendships and a plan for forging them today.

Presence Even in Absence: The Power of Friendship

Presence Even in Absence: The Power of Friendship

“…the absent are present, the poor are rich, the weak are strong, and—even more difficult—the dead are alive.” Cicero, On Friendship In our times the issue of presence deserves special attention. What constitutes real human presence? Too often, it seems, those who are...

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Intentional Friendship

Intentional Friendship

“In choosing and testing friends you should not grow weary of caution, for the fruit of this labor is medicine for life and the most solid foundation for immortality.” Aelred of Rievaulx, Spiritual Friendship In his great treatise Aelred names four steps of true...

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The Conversation of Friends

The Conversation of Friends

"...they have little taste for conversation, which especially seems to be the mark and cause of friendship." Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics One of the most notable aspects of Aristotle’s understanding of true friendship is just how much it requires of a person. In this...

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Good Work

Become capable of deep, meaningful work.

Economic realities along with supposedly work-enhancing or work-reducing technologies often strangle and maim good work, both in our workplace and at home. Turn to time-tested strategies for life-giving, soul-enhancing and relationship-deepening work.

In  Praise of Hand Work

In Praise of Hand Work

“The hand is a tool of tools.” Aristotle, On the Soul Recently I was watching a blacksmith work. I was mesmerized. There is something so satisfying and so fitting—indeed, so human—about the ability to do that kind of work. What most struck me is how glad he must be to...

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Finding Pleasure in Our Work

Finding Pleasure in Our Work

“…the foundations of society were never yet shaken as they are at this day. It is not that men are ill fed, but that they have no pleasure in the work by which they make their bread, and therefore look to wealth as the only means of pleasure.” John Ruskin, ‘The Nature...

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Working, For a Living

Working, For a Living

“The gods keep livelihood hidden from men. Otherwise a day’s labor could bring man enough to last a whole year with no more work.” Hesiod, Works and Days In both biblical and ancient Greek accounts, work is something of an enigma. Having an aspect of punishment, it is...

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Natural Steward

Find your unique place in the order of nature.

A world of pre-packaged food, disposable products of every kind, and scenic overlooks (for those inside vehicles) systematically detaches us from our place in nature, to the detriment of animals, vegetables and minerals, as well as human persons. NaturalSteward invites the disconnected to find the way back to where we belong, as an integral and active part of the natural order.

Stewardship: A Way of Life

Stewardship: A Way of Life

“To husband is to use with care, to keep, to save, to make last, to conserve.” Wendell Berry, The Way of Ignorance In this post I want briefly to examine the meaning of stewardship. In two following posts I will examine more specifically how stewardship pertains to...

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Mulch: Using Nature’s Plan for Life

Mulch: Using Nature’s Plan for Life

“Art imitates nature.” Aristotle VIDEO FOLLOWED BY DISTINCT WRITTEN REFLECTION This growing season was dry. A number of trees, not to mention my garden, suffered. Upon seeing them losing leaves in early September, I asked my local state forester to look at my trees,...

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Why are the Birds Singing This Morning?

Why are the Birds Singing This Morning?

“Whenever the sun shines warmly over the earth, the old males tune their pipe, and enliven the neighborhood with their song. By early April, the snows are all melting away, and nature again, in all the beauty of spring, promises happiness and abundance to the whole...

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