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 […]

Planting Now for Later
August 2, 2017

“He who postpones wrestles with ruin.” Hesiod, Works and Days One of the profound aspects of our relationship with the earth, and with one another, is timing. There are natural rhythms, to which we need to learn to conform ourselves. Isn’t one of the hardest things with children to teach them that […]

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 […]

Summer Reading Aloud, Together
July 19, 2017

“We read to know that we’re not alone.” –attributed to C.S. Lewis; actually from Shadowlands, a movie about Lewis. While there is something attractive about this quotation, I’m glad that Lewis didn’t actually say it. While reading can indeed be a wonderful way of communing with others, especially those of past generations, […]

Walking for Its Own Sake
July 12, 2017

“To walk because it is good for you warps the soul, just as it warps the soul for a man to talk for hire or because he think it his duty.” Hilaire Belloc Perhaps Belloc exaggerates—something to which he was prone. But it raises a great question: why should one walk? Walking […]

Sitting on the Porch
July 5, 2017

“I cannot separate it [watching the world go by] from the porch where it occurs. The action and the space are indivisible. The action is supported by this kind of space. The space supports this kind of action. The two form a unit, a pattern of events in space.” Christopher Alexander, The […]