Wednesday Quotes
Daddy, Why are There Flowers?
April 15, 2014

I pride myself on answering questions. As a teacher I have the opportunity to answer many, and I try to do so with precision and completeness. But some questions are different. This one pierced through the normal routine of question posed, answer given. Or it should have. With its innocence and purity—and […]

Fathers and Sons, and Gardens
April 9, 2014

“The land provides the greatest abundance of good things, but doesn’t allow them to be taken without effort.” “Furthermore, the land also freely teaches justice to those who are capable of learning; for it does people favors in proportion to how well they serve it.” “Agriculture also contributes toward training people in […]

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 […]

Wednesday Quotes
The Silence of Authority
March 19, 2014

Sometimes speaking, or holding one’s tongue, can make the difference. All the difference. For life and death. Many in authority today are silent when they should not be. Through weakness. And the consequences are devastating. Broken communities, broken businesses, broken homes, broken lives. Broken love. This because in various contexts we do […]

The Heart, in Suffering
March 12, 2014

“Some day, perhaps, remembering even this Will be a pleasure.” Virgil, The Aeneid, I Aeneas and his men have endured much since leaving Troy. And of course they left only after the destruction of all they knew and loved in a flaming inferno of death. Now they’ve been shipwrecked in a strange […]

Wednesday Quotes
What Can Be Sweeter?
March 5, 2014

“And the Lord, seeking his workman among the multitudes to whom he thus crieth, saith again: ‘What man is he that desireth life and would fain see good days?’ (Psalm 33) And if hearing him thou answer, ‘I am he,’ God saith to thee: ‘If thou wilt have true and everlasting life, […]

Zeus’ Plan for February
February 26, 2014

“Aegis-bearing Zeus has a design for each occasion, and mortals find this hard to comprehend.” Hesiod, Works and Days Hesiod was convinced that Zeus has a plan for every occasion. Even February. Yet we mortals find this hard to comprehend—especially after a long, cold winter. But Hesiod has discovered the beginning of […]

Wednesday Quotes
When Your Mother Grows Older
February 19, 2014

“For other animals have their natural ‘forethought’ which enables them to provide for themselves: whereas man lives by reason, which can attain to forethought only after long experience: so that children need to be instructed by their parents who are experienced. … Consequently a short space of time such as suffices for […]

Saying No to Cupid
February 12, 2014

“Duty-bound, Aeneas, though he struggled with desire To calm and comfort her in all her pain, To speak to her and turn her mind from grief, And though he sighed his heart out, shaken still With love of her, yet took the course heaven gave him And went back to the fleet.” […]