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...
Seeing Marriage as Natural

Seeing Marriage as Natural

“Marriage, if anything, is manifestly in accord with nature.” Musonius Rufus ‘In accord with nature’ or ‘natural:’ clearly this notion captures something primordial, almost beyond explanation. We say of a graceful ballerina that her movement looks effortless and...
Seeing is Seeing

Seeing is Seeing

For not only that we might act, but even when we intend to do nothing, we prefer sight, as we may say, to all the other senses. Aristotle, Metaphysics This year the fireflies have been stunning. Last night my wife and I were mesmerized; we just sat and looked. And we...
Delight Among the Oak Leaves

Delight Among the Oak Leaves

“When the cuckoo’s song is first heard among the oak leaves to the delight of mortals throughout the wide earth.” Hesiod, Works and Days VIDEO FOLLOWED BY DISTINCT REFLECTION What brings delight to people, or not, can show much about those people. Here Hesiod writes...
Of Dogs and Men

Of Dogs and Men

“But when he knew he heard Odysseus’s voice nearby, he did his best to wag his tail, nose down, with flattened ears, having no strength to move nearer his master. And the man looked away, wiping a salt tear from his cheek… If this old hound could show the form he had...

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