Wednesday Quotes
Who’s Hiding from Whom
October 8, 2014

“The real nature of things is accustomed to hide itself.” Heraclitus Heraclitus seems to imply that reality strives to veil itself. Is there a latent cruelty in reality—that it recedes from our comprehension? Maybe we should make a distinction: there is a difference between something hiding itself, and something being visible only to […]

To Text, or Not to Text
October 1, 2014

I share some thoughts on this question at Front Porch Republic, following my attending a conference with Wendell Berry this past weekend. Texting: Why I Resolve to Avoid It

Wednesday Quotes
Discipline and Silence
September 24, 2014

“And when it comes to action, put your trust in discipline and silence; in every kind of warfare they count a lot, and particularly in naval engagement.” Phormio, Athenian naval commander, in Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War. The parallels between warfare and life are many. In this speech Phormio seeks to […]

Wednesday Quotes
Remembering a Deceased Parent: One Year Later
September 16, 2014

I had been told. Now I know for myself. Life will not be the same anymore. Today it has been one year since my father passed away as Mom and we children kept vigil by his side. We had suffered with him through Alzheimer’s for several years. I was very grateful that […]

Wednesday Quotes
A Good Boy at Heart
September 10, 2014

A Good Boy By Robert Louis Stevenson “I woke before the morning, I was happy all the day, I never said an ugly word, but smiled and stuck to play.” Can a man be like a boy again? The boy’s business is to stick to play; my business is to stick to […]

Wednesday Quotes
The Fall of Acorns
September 3, 2014

“When the oak-tree is felled, the whole forest echoes with it; but a hundred acorns are planted silently by some unnoticed breeze.” Thomas Carlyle That time of year is almost here. The first acorns are appearing on the ground. Soon unnoticed breezes will be planting acorns by the hundreds. What is it […]

Wednesday Quotes
Last Chance to Plant
August 27, 2014

“Do remember that each kind of work has its season…” Hesiod, Works and Days A simple, mundane truth about the end of August. The mid-Atlantic growing season is moving toward its completion, so now is the last opportunity in the garden to plant something that can grow to fruition this year—such as […]

Wednesday Quotes
Hearing the Shenandoah
August 20, 2014

“Oh Shenandoah, I long to hear you…” American Folk Song, traditional What is it about hearing a river? This past spring I stood next to the flooding Mississippi in St. Paul, Minnesota; the sound was positively forbidding. But perhaps there is something even more awesome in the quiet, unhurried flow of a […]

Wednesday Quotes
Nothing Incomplete, Nothing in Vain
August 13, 2014

“Now nature makes nothing incomplete, and nothing in vain…” Aristotle, Politics Sometimes we might wonder about Aristotle. Was he observing the same world we are? One thing is clear: Aristotle spent much time studying the natural world. For instance, his knowledge of fish, including their distinction from mammals of the sea, is […]

Wednesday Quotes
Throwing Nothing Away
August 6, 2014

“Nature like a good householder throws away nothing of which anything useful can be made.” Aristotle, On the Generation of Animals It is delightful to think that nature already does what I am supposed to be doing: be a good householder. What a gift it is to me that my calling, my […]

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