The Path is Not Smooth For a Reason
March 1, 2017

“The Father himself Willed that the path of tillage be not smooth, And first ordained that skill should cultivate The land, by care sharpening the wits of mortals, Nor let his kingdom laze in torpid sloth.” Virgil, Georgics Why do things have to be so hard? Often I have wondered. Virgil paints […]

Wednesday Quotes
Why We Carry Out These Rites
March 30, 2016

“No empty-headed Superstition, blind to the age-old gods, Imposed this ritual on us, and this feast, No… we carry out these rites, Renewed each year, as men saved from barbaric Dangers in the past.” Virgil, The Aeneid Thus speaks King Evander–ruler of the small city where Rome will later rise– when he […]

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
Asking for Direction in Baffling Times
February 24, 2016

“All Italians, all the Oenotrian land, Resorted to this place in baffling times, Asking direction; here a priest brought gifts…” Virgil, The Aeneid What do I do now? I often stand in the paradoxical position of knowing that I alone am responsible for the decision I have to make even while I […]

Wednesday Quotes
A Sweet Gift from Heaven
July 29, 2015

“The heavenly gift of honey…” Virgil, The Georgics Thus Virgil opens his final book of The Georgics. Perhaps these words rolled of his pen with hardly a thought; or maybe they were very deliberate. Either way they express a sentiment, an insight that can hardly be missed by an earnest observer of […]

Wednesday Quotes
Fields Bereft of Tillers
June 24, 2015

“For right and wrong change places; everywhere So many wars, so many shapes of crime Confront us; no honor attends the plow, The fields, bereft of tillers, are all unkempt…” Virgil, The Georgics So many wars; so many different shapes of evil. Right and wrong themselves have changed places. What was once […]

Wednesday Quotes
One Faithful Bee
May 27, 2015

“Some have affirmed that bees possess a share Of the divine mind and drink ethereal draughts; For God, they say, pervades the whole of creation.”             Virgil, The Georgics I took this photo today of a particular bee that caught my attention. This time of year I love […]

Wednesday Quotes
Divine Descent
March 25, 2015

“I am Aeneas, duty-bound, and known Above high air of heaven by my fame, Carrying with me in my ships our gods Of hearth and home, saved from the enemy. I look for Italy to be my fatherland, And my descent is from all-highest Jove.” Virgil, The Aeneid Aeneas says he’s descended […]

Wednesday Quotes
Learning from the Bees
July 9, 2014

“Passing their lives under exalted laws, Alone they recognize a fatherland And the sanctity of a home, and provident For coming winter set to work in summer And store their produce for the common good.” Virgil, The Georgics IV Bees simply stand out from other animals at the homestead. It’s as though […]

Wednesday Quotes
The Gift of Spring
April 2, 2014

“Nor would the stress Of life be bearable for tender things Did not so long a respite come between The cold and heat, and heaven’s indulgence grant This comfort to the world.” Virgil, Georgics II I must be a tender thing. I cannot picture bearing the stress of life without spring. But […]