Winter Cherries and the Gift of Christmas

Winter Cherries and the Gift of Christmas

“All these years we’ve been so generous. I’m afraid we’ve given all our wealth away. I’m afraid we have no more to give.” Winter Cherries, as told by Odds Bodkin May this problem—one that brings into focus an amazing aspect of the gift of Christmas—be one we might...
To Bring Singing into Our Homes Again

To Bring Singing into Our Homes Again

In her book Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age, Sherry Turkle makes a commonsense suggestion so simple we might miss its power and urgency. Make face to face conversations normal again. Here I offer a corollary suggestion. Make face to face...
Where Complementarity Comes Home

Where Complementarity Comes Home

“From the beginning, family duties are distinct; some are proper to the husband, others to the wife. Thus mutual needs are provided for, when each contributes his own services to the common good.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics There isn’t anything else quite like it....
Ordinary Means for an Extraordinary Holiday Season

Ordinary Means for an Extraordinary Holiday Season

“We must also remember that no metamorphosis since pre-historic times is in any way comparable to the metamorphosis that we are now undergoing.” “[Man is] a creature which is not only capable of gratuitous acts but of which it can be said that such acts are this...

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