Having the Heart to Hope
January 8, 2014

“Here for the first time he took heart to hope For safety, and to trust his destiny more Even in affliction.” The Aeneid, I, Virgil The great city of Troy has fallen in an inferno of death and destruction. Having lost his wife, Aeneas embarks on an Odysseus-like voyage across the Mediterranean […]

Wednesday Quotes
A Wish for the New Year
December 31, 2013

“On New Year’s Eve, at about quarter to twelve o’clock at night, the master of the house and all that are with him go about from room to room opening every door and window, however cold the weather be, for thus, they say, the old year and its burdens can go out […]

Wednesday Quotes
What We Wish at Christmas
December 23, 2013

In practicing the rites of worship men hope that they will be vouchsafed a share in the superhuman abundance of life. From time immemorial, this very thing has always been considered the true, the immanent fruit of all great festivals… Men are swept away from the here and now to utterly tranquil […]

Wednesday Quotes
Keeping Christmas
December 18, 2013

“Indeed, modern men, who lack such things, lack sustenance, and our fathers who founded all those ritual observances were very wise.” Hilaire Belloc, A Remaining Christmas Ritual observance of Christmas is not just fitting. Hilaire Belloc explains why it is necessary for our happiness, and sanity. For reflections on Belloc’s profound essay on […]

Wednesday Quotes
Teaching Responsibility
December 11, 2013

Ischomachus’ wife: “My mother told me that my job was to be responsible.” Ischomachus: “Yes, my dear, of course, my father gave me the same advice.” Xenophon, The Estate Manager, VII Her parents told her to be responsible. And his told him. We can presume the parents did more to teach responsibility […]

Wednesday Quotes
Pointless Parties
December 4, 2013

“There are others too…that pretend to be pleasures, such as gambling and pointless parties; as time goes on, it becomes clear even to the victims of their seduction that they are afflictions disguised as pleasures….” Socrates, in Xenophon’s The Estate Manager, I It’s a tale of two parties. At the first party […]

My Appearance on EWTN on Slow Food
November 27, 2013

Wednesday November 27 at 6pm and 9pm I will be appearing on EWTN News Nightly. I was extensively interviewed and filmed with my family (and pigs) at our home. The segment is about the SLOW FOOD MOVEMENT. Here is a link to view it by live streaming. I am not sure at what […]

Eating Salt Together: The Real Life of the Home
November 26, 2013

“As the proverb says, men cannot know each other until they have eaten salt together.” –Aristotle Deep in the human heart is the desire to be together with people that we love. Human happiness is always a shared happiness: shared especially with a small number of people. For most of us a […]

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! […]