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Return of a Prodigal: Happiness in the Home

Return of a Prodigal: Happiness in the Home

*Special Message, followed by Reflection: Dear Reader—We are thrilled to share that a generous benefactor to LifeCraft has given a gift of $100,000 and encouraged us to match it dollar-for-dollar before December 31 at 11:59 pm as part of our Beginning at Home...

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The Challenge of Thanksgiving Day

The Challenge of Thanksgiving Day

Trying to make the most of holidays today can be discouraging. But we can still make our Thanksgiving a rich and memorable day; indeed, it can be a day that stands out as truly special. This will require our being intentional and making some hard choices. The reality...

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Bringing Forth New and Old, Today

Bringing Forth New and Old, Today

Perhaps the greatest challenge in our home today is how to integrate the new and the old. Essential to grasping this challenge is realizing our unusual situation. Things have been changing at an extraordinary pace, and any way you slice it this makes for a difficult...

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Wendell Berry Unveils Our Problem, and a Remedy

Wendell Berry Unveils Our Problem, and a Remedy

Reading Wendell Berry has helped me finally begin to grasp the challenges I face. It’s an astounding experience of, “Ah! That’s why so many things I want seem so far away!” Here are a few snippets from an amazing chapter titled, “The Body and the Earth” in his book...

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Sewing by Hand: Re-evaluating Stereotypes

Sewing by Hand: Re-evaluating Stereotypes

This morning my wife mentioned she has noticed that many young people do not know how to sew by hand. Not even, for instance, to secure a button to a shirt. She made this comment after I shared that I’m glad I learned the rudiments of sewing in ‘home ec’ class in...

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How Our Yard Can Make Us Human Again

How Our Yard Can Make Us Human Again

To be human is to be a craftsman, an 'artist.' And for this reason we should not only be concerned about agriculture but also seek in some way to practice it ourselves. Socrates in Xenophon’s Estate Manager goes to the heart of the matter: Whoever said that...

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Everything in Its Place: A Unique Beauty in the Home

Everything in Its Place: A Unique Beauty in the Home

From what I hear and what I see, some people are compulsive in keeping spaces tidy. Many others of us have an opposite problem. We might ask why it’s so difficult to get right how we order our spaces. Perhaps there is no great mystery here. In the art of living it is...

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Digital Practice as Liturgy

Digital Practice as Liturgy

“Hey you, stop underestimating the power of your bodily routines.” Thus says Felicia Wu Song in reflecting on the significance of our digital practices. She even suggests we consider these practices as a kind of ‘liturgy,’ an embodied common practice that both...

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Philosopher Parents, Not Kings

Philosopher Parents, Not Kings

The term ‘philosopher kings’ sticks in the head of students of ancient philosophy. In Plato’s Republic Socrates memorably asserts that “until philosophers take control of a city, there’ll be no respite from evil for either city or citizens…” Plato’s assertion here has...

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Facing Discouragement: A Greek Insight

Facing Discouragement: A Greek Insight

Discouragement, or at least its temptation, regularly accompanies intentional living. Even if we do not formulate it explicitly we find ourselves feeling “why do the good things I want have to be so difficult?” It is a consolation to know this is not unique to our...

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Toxic Fatherhood?

Toxic Fatherhood?

There are important analogies between a father in a family and a ruler in a nation. This is perhaps especially clear in the consequences of their failure. Aquinas writes that “royal dignity is rendered hateful to many people on account of the wickedness of tyrants.”...

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Master of His Time

Master of His Time

“He had no ‘time of his own’ (except in his bed-cell), and yet he was becoming master of his time; he began to know just what he could do with it.” J.R.R. Tolkien, Leaf by Niggle Many of the greatest traps of our day appear in the guise of simple math. One of them...

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