Doing Something about the Technology Problem
November 15, 2017

“Technology enchants; it makes us forget what we know about life. The new—any old new—becomes confused with progress.” “When we move from conversation to mere connection, we get a lot of unintended consequences.” Sherri Turkle, Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age I know many of us have been […]

Noticing Your Own Child
November 8, 2017

“Something being one’s own and being loved are the two things that most cause human beings to take diligent care.” Aristotle, Politics It was in a sermon I heard this past weekend. In describing a holy young man the priest said: “And already at that age, he noticed the poor.” He then […]

When a Daughter Gets Engaged
October 11, 2017

“I think that the gods exercised especially acute discernment in establishing the particular pairing which is called ‘male and female,’ to ensure that, when the partners cooperate, such a pair may be of the utmost mutual benefit.” Xenophon, The Estate Manager One of my daughters accepted a marriage proposal this past weekend. […]

A Girl Going Hunting
October 4, 2017

“For from the start the functions are divided, and those of the man and the woman are different.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics When my daughter first asked me if she could hunt I hesitated. I am firmly convinced that due to the natural difference between men and women, some activities are fitting for […]

Saying Goodbye to Children
September 6, 2017

“The household is the association established by nature for the supply of men’s everyday wants…” Aristotle, Politics Yesterday, with tears running in rivulets down my face, I waved as the car drove away. It was the second time in as many months that I have done this. Saying goodbye to one of […]

The Time to Go to School
August 9, 2017

“And the final outcome of education, I suppose we’d say, is a single newly finished person, who is either good or the opposite.” Plato, Republic Thinking about education is one of the most central and thorny of questions for parents. This time of year is usually a time of change and of […]

Playing Games with Children
July 26, 2017

“But when children play the right games from the beginning… it follows them in everything…” Socrates, in Plato’s Republic The question broke through the pleasant fog of dozing off on the couch on a Sunday afternoon. “Daddy, do you want to play statue?” “Uh. Well. What’s ‘statue’?” I was buying time; though […]

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 […]

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