We Need More Fires
February 6, 2014

“Fire is a capital article. To have no fire, or a bad fire to sit by, is a most dismal thing. In such a state man and wife must be something out of the common way to be in good humor with each other…” William Cobbett, Cottage Economy In this coldest winter […]

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 […]

Wednesday Quotes
The Piety of a Pagan
January 22, 2014

“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.” Virgil, The Aeneid, I Pious Aeneas. The phrase appears again and again in The Aeneid. Virgil is intent on sketching in his […]

Wednesday Quotes
A Husband in Winter
January 15, 2014

“At the very moment when the vine has shed Its latest leaves and the cold north wind has shaken The glory from the woods, at that same moment The lively husbandman projects his thoughts Into the coming year…” Virgil, The Georgics, II, 403-406 A husband in a family is like a husband […]

Having the Heart to Hope
January 8, 2014

“Here for the first time he took heart to hope For safety, and to trust his destiny more Even in affliction.” The Aeneid, I, Virgil The great city of Troy has fallen in an inferno of death and destruction. Having lost his wife, Aeneas embarks on an Odysseus-like voyage across the Mediterranean […]

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A Wish for the New Year
December 31, 2013

“On New Year’s Eve, at about quarter to twelve o’clock at night, the master of the house and all that are with him go about from room to room opening every door and window, however cold the weather be, for thus, they say, the old year and its burdens can go out […]

Wednesday Quotes
What We Wish at Christmas
December 23, 2013

In practicing the rites of worship men hope that they will be vouchsafed a share in the superhuman abundance of life. From time immemorial, this very thing has always been considered the true, the immanent fruit of all great festivals… Men are swept away from the here and now to utterly tranquil […]

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Keeping Christmas
December 18, 2013

“Indeed, modern men, who lack such things, lack sustenance, and our fathers who founded all those ritual observances were very wise.” Hilaire Belloc, A Remaining Christmas Ritual observance of Christmas is not just fitting. Hilaire Belloc explains why it is necessary for our happiness, and sanity. For reflections on Belloc’s profound essay on […]

Wednesday Quotes
Teaching Responsibility
December 11, 2013

Ischomachus’ wife: “My mother told me that my job was to be responsible.” Ischomachus: “Yes, my dear, of course, my father gave me the same advice.” Xenophon, The Estate Manager, VII Her parents told her to be responsible. And his told him. We can presume the parents did more to teach responsibility […]

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Pointless Parties
December 4, 2013

“There are others too…that pretend to be pleasures, such as gambling and pointless parties; as time goes on, it becomes clear even to the victims of their seduction that they are afflictions disguised as pleasures….” Socrates, in Xenophon’s The Estate Manager, I It’s a tale of two parties. At the first party […]