Wednesday Quotes
Trying to Be Like Them
May 28, 2014

“It is for you to try to be like them.” Pericles’ Funeral Oration I have to admit a problem that I’ve had with Memorial Day. I’ve often let my thoughts move too easily to the fact that some fallen warriors are not the best examples of what we want to remember. I’ve […]

Wednesday Quotes
When Your Way of Life is Out of Date
May 21, 2014

“…your whole way of life is out of date when compared with theirs. And it is just as true in politics as it is in any art or craft: new methods must drive out old ones…” Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War (Corinthians speaking to Spartans, about Athenians, trying to convince them […]

Good-byes are Just That
May 14, 2014

They’re good. At least when we make an effort to do them right. I’m convinced after years of saying goodbye to my students—and others—that proper goodbyes are not only good, they’re sometimes necessary. The more that has been shared together, the more important the goodbye. As I take leave this week of […]

Wednesday Quotes
The Enemy of My Lawn?
May 7, 2014

I was shopping at Lowes last weekend, and something caught my eye. From the contents of the seasonal aisle it seems that Lowes is expecting a large number of people to be using herbicides this spring. On their lawns. When I was young I did my fair share of lawn care for […]

Wednesday Quotes
You Know You’re Middle-Aged When…
April 30, 2014

“Every age of life has its own characteristics: boys are feeble, youths in their prime are aggressive, middle-aged men are dignified, old people are mature. Each one of these qualities is ordained by nature for harvesting in due season.” Cicero, On Old Age III You know you’re middle-aged when you read Cicero […]

Wednesday Quotes
If It Really Happened
April 23, 2014

“And therefore in the Christian celebration of Easter quite particularly an affirmation of the whole of existence is experienced and celebrated. No more rightful, more comprehensive and fundamental an affirmation can be conceived.” Josef Pieper, In Tune with the World: A Theory of Festivity If it really happened—that Christ rose from the […]

Wednesday Quotes
Daddy, Why are There Flowers?
April 15, 2014

I pride myself on answering questions. As a teacher I have the opportunity to answer many, and I try to do so with precision and completeness. But some questions are different. This one pierced through the normal routine of question posed, answer given. Or it should have. With its innocence and purity—and […]

Fathers and Sons, and Gardens
April 9, 2014

“The land provides the greatest abundance of good things, but doesn’t allow them to be taken without effort.” “Furthermore, the land also freely teaches justice to those who are capable of learning; for it does people favors in proportion to how well they serve it.” “Agriculture also contributes toward training people in […]

Wednesday Quotes
The Gift of Spring
April 2, 2014

“Nor would the stress Of life be bearable for tender things Did not so long a respite come between The cold and heat, and heaven’s indulgence grant This comfort to the world.” Virgil, Georgics II I must be a tender thing. I cannot picture bearing the stress of life without spring. But […]

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