Good Work with Friends
October 25, 2017

“Indeed friends seem to become better by working together…” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics There is something about good, hard work. You feel so alive, so purposeful. And when you work alongside people you love, you feel so alive and so purposeful together. We do not always get to work alongside our friends and […]

Gardening Teaches a Work Ethic
March 22, 2017

“The land provides the greatest abundance of good things, but doesn’t allow them to be taken without effort. It trains people to endure the cold of winter and the heat of summer.” “Furthermore, the land also freely teaches justice to those who are capable of learning; for it does people favors in […]

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 […]

Ethika Politika
Leisure Starts at Home
September 30, 2015

“As I must repeat again, the first principle of all action is leisure. Both are required, but leisure is better than occupation and is its end.” — Aristotle, Politics VIII Life is about leisure. This statement sounds odd to our ears. But if we understand leisure, and life, as Aristotle does, then […]

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 […]

Wednesday Quotes
Working, For a Living
July 8, 2015

“The gods keep livelihood hidden from men. Otherwise a day’s labor could bring man enough to last a whole year with no more work.” Hesiod, Works and Days In both biblical and ancient Greek accounts, work is something of an enigma. Having an aspect of punishment, it is nevertheless a blessing and a […]

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
Knowing the Place We Call Home
June 17, 2015

“He who intends to practice economy aright ought to be fully acquainted with the places in which his labor lies…” Aristotle, Economics Aristotle often provides us with simple, practical insights. In words redolent of the works of Wendell Berry he directs our attention to place. Place matters. Too often we try to […]

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
For the Sake of His Children
January 29, 2014

“But would the father have the heart to work if he didn’t have his children? If it weren’t for the sake of his children. And in winter when he works hard. In the forest. When he works the hardest. With his billhook and with his saw and with his felling axe and […]