Wednesday Quotes
The Significance of Manners
November 20, 2013

These people will also discover the seemingly insignificant conventions their predecessors have destroyed. Things like this: When it is proper for the young to be silent in front of their elders, when they should make way for them or stand up in their presence, the care of parents, hair styles, the clothes […]

Wednesday Quotes
The Secret of the Marriage Bed
November 13, 2013

Penelope (to Telemachus): “If really he is Odysseus, truly home, beyond all doubt we two shall know each other better than you or anyone. There are secret signs we know, we two.” … Odysseus: “There is our pact and pledge, our secret sign, built into that bed—my handiwork and no one else’s! […]

Wednesday Quotes
Return of the Master, Readiness to Fight
November 6, 2013

‘You, herdsman, and you, too, swineherd… Would you be men enough to stand by Odysseus if he came back? Would you bear arms for him…?’ The cowherd said: ‘Ah, let the master come! Father Zeus, grant our old wish! Some courier guide him back! Then judge what stuff is in me and […]

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A Swineherd’s Piety
October 30, 2013

The swineherd then gave orders to his men: ‘Bring in our best pig for a stranger’s dinner. A feast will do our hearts good too; we know grief and pain, hard scrabbling with our swine, while the outsiders live on our labor.’ Bronze axe in hand, he turned to split up kindling, […]

Wednesday Quotes
Keeping Faith by Keeping Swine
October 23, 2013

“Of all Odysseus’ field hands in the old days this forester cared most for the estate; and now Odysseus found him in a remote clearing, sitting inside the gate of a stockade he built to keep the swine while his great lord was gone.” Homer, Odyssey, Bk XIV Eumaeus is a man […]

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Useless Houses
October 16, 2013

“Well then, Critobulus,” said Socrates, “what if I demonstrate that, in the first place, some people spend a lot of money on building useless houses, whereas others spend far less and build perfectly adequate houses?” I wonder what features were typical of ‘useless houses’ in Athens. Did they have the ancient equivalent […]

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In mid-September of this year my father passed away after a several year decline with dementia. With the help and support of family and friends we were able to give him a very special burial—in that we buried him ourselves: opening the earth, setting him in it, and mounding the earth back. […]

Wednesday Quotes
A Beauty that Drives Care Away
October 2, 2013

“…in our own homes we find a beauty and a good taste which delight us every day and which drive away our cares.” Pericles to the Athenians, as reported by Thucydides Where do we find beauty? The natural world and works of great art are obvious instances. Yet most of us only […]

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Marriage: A Match Made in Heaven?
September 25, 2013

“For it seems to me that the gods exercised especially acute discernment in establishing the particular pairing which is called male and female, to ensure that such a pair may form a perfect partnership in mutual service.” Xenophon Xenophon does not say that in marriage man and woman always form a perfect […]

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A Eulogy for Chris N. Cuddeback
September 23, 2013

It could be said that at the very center of the Christian worldview is the conviction that God’s loving providence encompasses everything. Literally, everything, big and small. We might ponder how much faith is required, in the vicissitudes of life, truly to adhere to this conviction. I don’t often experience a temptation […]