Reclaiming Manners: Honoring Age
January 4, 2017

“You shall stand up before the hoary head, and honor the face of an old man…” Leviticus 19:32 Honoring age, by obvious and meaning-full bodily signs, is as old as humanity. Which signs are to be used is a matter of custom; that signs must be used is a matter of a […]

Making a Castle, This Time of Year
December 28, 2016

“At this time of the year–the Christmas and New Year time–I am seldom out of my Castle. For the associations of the season seem to hold me there, and the precepts of the season seem to teach me that it is well to be there.” Charles Dickens, in ‘The Poor Relation’s Story’ […]

Reclaiming Manners in Speech
December 21, 2016

“Be not forward but friendly and courteous; the first to salute, hear, and answer; and be not pensive when it’s a time to converse.” #66, Rules of Civility & Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation* Regarding our power of speech Aristotle observes: “Nature, as we often say, makes nothing in vain, and […]

Reclaiming Manners: The Look on Your Face
December 14, 2016

“A man is known by his appearance, and a sensible man is known by his face, when you meet him.” Sirach 19:29 It is the main thing that people see. So much about us, about our disposition toward those around us, is enshrined in our face. We simply owe to others a […]

Can Siblings Become Friends?
December 7, 2016

Can siblings become our best friends? Should we expect this? What challenges do siblings face in becoming friends? How might parents foster sibling friendships in the home? I explore these issues at the Biola Center for Christian Studies blog here: Friendship Among Siblings: Embracing the uniqueness of familial bond

Reclaiming Manners: A Series
November 30, 2016

“Etiquette and ethics, rightly understood, are in fact continuous, partly because character is often revealed in outward display; moreover, the principles of self-command and consideration for others shown in ‘small manners’ are of a piece with virtue and justice. Indeed civility may very well be the heart of the ethics of everyday […]

Eating Meat with Thanksgiving
November 23, 2016

“And so it is likewise clear…that plants exist for the sake of animals, and other animals for the sake of human beings. Domestic animals are for both the use and the food they provide, and most but not all wild animals are for the sake of food and other uses… Therefore, nature, […]

The Fall of Leaves
November 16, 2016

“Whatever permanent, uneasy question is native to men comes forward most insistent and most loud at the fall of leaves. … It is no wonder, then, that at this peculiar time…the desires which if they do not prove at least demand–perhaps remember–our destiny, come strongest. They are proper to the time of […]

This is Our Story
November 9, 2016

“For the man that is truly good and wise, we think, bears all the chances of life becomingly and always makes the best of circumstances…as a good shoemaker makes the best shoes out of the hides that are given him.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics Today is a day to reflect and to learn. […]

Aristotle and the Elections
November 3, 2016

“Now it is best that there should be a public and proper care for such matters; but if they are neglected by the [political] community it would seem right for each man to help his children and friends toward virtue.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics Elections can make you wonder about where you live. […]