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...
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...
What are We Watching?

What are We Watching?

“Moral good is a practical stimulus: it is no sooner seen, than it inspires an impulse to practice…” Plutarch Experience shows the tremendous power of simply seeing moral good enacted. This, in part, is why they say you never know all the effects of your good action....
Teaching Beauty

Teaching Beauty

“We must teach beauty not from horror of ugliness but rather by attraction to beauty.” Charles Peguy, ‘The School Teachers’ in Basic Verities Beauty is not the private reserve of the aesthete, nor the artist or the highly cultured. It is the inheritance of all. It is...

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