Reclaiming Manners between Men and Women
January 25, 2017

The latest in my series on Reclaiming Manners is an article I posted at The Catholic Gentleman, a reflection on this quotation: “The greatest man would justly be reckoned a brute if he were not civil to the meanest woman.” Martine’s Handbook of Etiquette (1866) Today’s article is HERE. How to Treat […]

Can Siblings Become Friends?
December 7, 2016

Can siblings become our best friends? Should we expect this? What challenges do siblings face in becoming friends? How might parents foster sibling friendships in the home? I explore these issues at the Biola Center for Christian Studies blog here: Friendship Among Siblings: Embracing the uniqueness of familial bond

Aristotle and the Elections
November 3, 2016

“Now it is best that there should be a public and proper care for such matters; but if they are neglected by the [political] community it would seem right for each man to help his children and friends toward virtue.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics Elections can make you wonder about where you live. […]

Quarrel or Conversation
October 12, 2016

Quarrel or conversation. The distinction is significant. And Plato makes it. Today Crisis Magazine posted my thoughts here on how the recent Presidential debates should make us reflect on the importance of this distinction for public life, and for our most intimate relationships. A Lament on the Declining Quality of Public Discourse

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Examining Our Relationship with Money
January 20, 2016

How each of us responded to the Lotto jackpot gives us an opportunity to reflect on our relationship with money. I posted this article today at Crisis Magazine. My series on Aristides will return next Wednesday.

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The Wisdom of the Magi
January 6, 2016

What can we learn from the Magi, and from the stars above us? On the traditional culmination of the Twelve Days of Christmas, Epiphany, here is my meditation posted at Catholic Exchange: What Stars Can Teach Us.

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Leisure Starts at Home
September 30, 2015

“As I must repeat again, the first principle of all action is leisure. Both are required, but leisure is better than occupation and is its end.” — Aristotle, Politics VIII Life is about leisure. This statement sounds odd to our ears. But if we understand leisure, and life, as Aristotle does, then […]

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My Article: A Father’s Presence in the Home
July 15, 2015

Much has been written about mothers leaving home to enter the workforce. Little attention is given to the prior exodus of fathers from the home: a situation that long ago came to be considered standard, even in traditional households. I have written an article here  in which I explore the challenges of a working father’s […]

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Fathers and Sons
December 17, 2014

Many of our sons are suffering, in more ways than we realize. And what they need is more time with us, their fathers. Here is a reflection I posted at The Catholic Gentleman: “It’s Not About the Deer: Three Reasons to Take Your Son Hunting.”

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