Stress #1: The Lack of Presence in Our Life
March 14, 2018

“It is not good that man should be alone.” Genesis I do not think this is controversial. Essential to a happy and satisfied life is living in the presence of those we love. Consistently. Perhaps this is most obvious in younger children. They simply want to be together with a small number […]

Sorting Out Stress
March 7, 2018

“Choice is praised for being related to the right object.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics I have spent a bit of time this week thinking about different kinds of stress. We feel stress when there is a conflict between things that we desire. What really strikes me is that there is a distinction that […]

Recognizing Causes of Stress
February 28, 2018

“A man is forced to make impossible choices among those desires.” Christopher Alexander, A Timeless Way of Building My wife and I were recently reflecting on a problem. There is so much visiting and hosting that we would like to do, and so little time in which to do it. We started […]

Better than Any Camera
February 21, 2018

“Imagining is within our power whenever we wish.” Aristotle, On the Soul Studying human nature often gives occasion for wonder and gratitude. This line from Aristotle really struck me. We have been studying what he calls the interior sense powers. One of them is the power of imagination. Simply put, it is […]

Seeking Memory Eternal
February 14, 2018

“May his memory be eternal.” “Vichnaya Pamyat.” (in Ukrainian) Traditional Byzantine Prayer for the Dead It seems that in this prayer for the dead we are really at the heart of life. Just as we are on Ash Wednesday. We ask that there be memory: indeed an everlasting one. Perhaps only such […]

Beyond Change
February 7, 2018

“But it is the same thing that at the same time has seen and is seeing.” Aristotle, Metaphysics This might seem a bit strange. But it is marvelous. Try this today. Look at something worth looking at, something beautiful: some-thing or some-one that you love. Keep looking. Now ask this question: what […]

Learning to Write by Hand
January 31, 2018

“The hand is the tool of tools.” Aristotle This post is different. Last autumn I decided I want to retrain my hand. To write. I had three reasons. First, my wife has always had beautiful handwriting, and it is simply so aesthetically pleasing. Second, I have read that ‘they’ are not teaching […]

The Work of Winter
January 24, 2018

“Each kind of work has its own season.” Hesiod, Works and Days I am convinced that our bodies, and souls, want to move with the rhythm of the seasons. But most of us have professions or callings in which our work does not really vary according to the season. And modern life […]

A Fire in the Hearth
January 17, 2018

“If we suppose the great Creator to condescend to survey his works in detail, what object can be so pleasing to him as that of the laborer, after his return from the toils of a cold winter day, sitting with his wife and children round a cheerful fire, while the wind whistles […]

Post Christmas Blues?
January 10, 2018

“Origen contended that the naming of specific holy days was done only for the sake of the ‘unitiated’ and ‘beginners’ who were not yet capable of celebrating the ‘eternal festival’.” Josef Pieper, In Tune with the World: A Theory of Festivity I always find re-entry a bit difficult. It’s not that the […]

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