Attentive Parenting, of Birds and Men
May 31, 2017

“Examples are found among certain species of birds whose young are not able to seek out food for themselves immediately after hatching. In fact, since a bird does not nourish its young with milk, made available by nature as it were, as occurs in the case of quadrupeds, but the bird must […]

“One day it will please us to remember even this.” Virgil, The Aeneid Graduation is always poignant for me. It is especially so this year. This last weekend my eldest daughter graduated from Christendom College, where I am a professor of philosophy. I have taught her and her friends, among others, for […]

After We Married
February 22, 2017

“Out of [this relationship] between man and woman…the first thing to arise is the household…” Aristotle, Politics There turned out to be much more going on than we realized, in our love for one another. I fell in love with you, and you fell in love with me—albeit, a little later. But […]

Living These Relationships, Every Day
February 15, 2017

“Therefore, it is clear that the care of the household concerns human beings more than material property…” Aristotle, Politics “Here Aristotle infers that the chief aim of [parents] concerns these two relationships [with one another, and with their children] more than other things.” Thomas Aquinas, Commentary on Aristotle’s Politics We might not […]

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

Wednesday Quotes
Laying Waste Our Fields
March 2, 2016

“That day when Turnus raised the flag of war… The high commanders… From every quarter drew repeated levies And laid the wide fields waste of their field hands.” Virgil, The Aeneid I have always been alarmed by the ease with which a sand castle is stomped down by a bully. We usually […]

Wednesday Quotes
When Children Resemble Their Fathers
September 9, 2015

“Fleecy sheep are weighed down with wool, and women bear children who resemble their fathers.”  Hesiod, Works and Days In describing “a city that prospers,” Hesiod points to something rather unexpected: that “women bear children who resemble their fathers.” We find ourselves wondering what he means. Won’t children always resemble their fathers […]

Articles
My Article: A Father’s Presence in the Home
July 15, 2015

Much has been written about mothers leaving home to enter the workforce. Little attention is given to the prior exodus of fathers from the home: a situation that long ago came to be considered standard, even in traditional households. I have written an article here  in which I explore the challenges of a working father’s […]

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My Commencement Address at Seton
June 3, 2015

On Monday June 1 I was privileged to deliver the commencement address to the class of 2015 of Seton School in Manassas, Virginia. Here is that address. “Remembering the Past and the Future, Today” There are certain times in life when we step back, and we take stock. We have an opportunity, […]

Wednesday Quotes
Time to Say Goodbye, Again
May 20, 2015

At this time last year I wrote a piece on why when it is time to say goodbye, it is important that it be done well. This last weekend was graduation at the college where I teach. It was time to say goodbye after four years to over one hundred young men […]

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