Reclaiming Manners between Men and Women
January 25, 2017

The latest in my series on Reclaiming Manners is an article I posted at The Catholic Gentleman, a reflection on this quotation: “The greatest man would justly be reckoned a brute if he were not civil to the meanest woman.” Martine’s Handbook of Etiquette (1866) Today’s article is HERE. How to Treat […]

Wednesday Quotes
Can a Young Man Love a Woman?
February 17, 2016

“Young men’s love then lies not truly in their hearts but in their eyes.” Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet The other day wondering aloud over breakfast whether a young man is capable of truly loving a woman, I asked, “What’s wrong with young men?” My wife immediately answered: “They’re young.” Shakespeare’s friar challenges […]

Wednesday Quotes
Better to Wait
April 15, 2015

“…yet he would not do amiss to wait and be ruled by time, the wisest counselor of all.” Pericles, in Plutarch’s Lives Yesterday morning in class a student looked out the window at the trees beginning to bud and said, “The trees look so sad; I just wish they’d hurry up and grow […]

Saying No to Cupid
February 12, 2014

“Duty-bound, Aeneas, though he struggled with desire To calm and comfort her in all her pain, To speak to her and turn her mind from grief, And though he sighed his heart out, shaken still With love of her, yet took the course heaven gave him And went back to the fleet.” […]