Noticing Your Own Child
November 8, 2017

“Something being one’s own and being loved are the two things that most cause human beings to take diligent care.” Aristotle, Politics It was in a sermon I heard this past weekend. In describing a holy young man the priest said: “And already at that age, he noticed the poor.” He then […]

Looking Forward to Death
November 1, 2017

“If death is a change from here to another place, and what we are told is true and all who died are there, what greater blessing could there be…? If anyone arriving in Hades will have escaped from those who call themselves jurymen here, and will find those true jurymen who are […]

Good Work with Friends
October 25, 2017

“Indeed friends seem to become better by working together…” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics There is something about good, hard work. You feel so alive, so purposeful. And when you work alongside people you love, you feel so alive and so purposeful together. We do not always get to work alongside our friends and […]

The Conversation of Friends
October 18, 2017

“…they have little taste for conversation, which especially seems to be the mark and cause of friendship.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics One of the most notable aspects of Aristotle’s understanding of true friendship is just how much it requires of a person. In this quotations he is speaking of those who are not […]

When a Daughter Gets Engaged
October 11, 2017

“I think that the gods exercised especially acute discernment in establishing the particular pairing which is called ‘male and female,’ to ensure that, when the partners cooperate, such a pair may be of the utmost mutual benefit.” Xenophon, The Estate Manager One of my daughters accepted a marriage proposal this past weekend. […]

A Girl Going Hunting
October 4, 2017

“For from the start the functions are divided, and those of the man and the woman are different.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics When my daughter first asked me if she could hunt I hesitated. I am firmly convinced that due to the natural difference between men and women, some activities are fitting for […]

Reclaiming a Father’s Presence at Home
September 27, 2017

This article expresses a central conviction of my work. A few day’s ago the Institute for Family Studies posted a leaner version of my A Father’s Presence in the Home piece from a couple of years ago. I am very grateful to IFS for asking me to shorten it for re-publication HERE. […]

Perfect Friendship
September 20, 2017

“Perfect friendship is the friendship of men who are good, and alike in virtue.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics Perfect friendship: the words sound like a fairy tale. What Aristotle means here is the kind of friendship that is most true, the kind of friendship that most fulfills the human heart. Not every friendship […]

Acorns are Our Wealth
September 13, 2017

“Nowadays for many peoples acorns are their wealth, even in peacetime. Furthermore, when corn is scarce, acorns are dried and ground into flour.” Pliny the Elder, Natural History There is something about the super-abundance of acorns. It makes you want to laugh out loud. It also gives reason to reflect on the […]

Saying Goodbye to Children
September 6, 2017

“The household is the association established by nature for the supply of men’s everyday wants…” Aristotle, Politics Yesterday, with tears running in rivulets down my face, I waved as the car drove away. It was the second time in as many months that I have done this. Saying goodbye to one of […]