When a Daughter Gets Engaged
October 11, 2017

“I think that the gods exercised especially acute discernment in establishing the particular pairing which is called ‘male and female,’ to ensure that, when the partners cooperate, such a pair may be of the utmost mutual benefit.” Xenophon, The Estate Manager One of my daughters accepted a marriage proposal this past weekend. […]

After We Married
February 22, 2017

“Out of [this relationship] between man and woman…the first thing to arise is the household…” Aristotle, Politics There turned out to be much more going on than we realized, in our love for one another. I fell in love with you, and you fell in love with me—albeit, a little later. But […]

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My Wife Has What I Need
March 23, 2016

“Men and women, however, live together not only to procreate children but also to have whatever is needed for life. Indeed, from the beginning, family duties are distinct; some are proper to the husband, others to the wife. Thus mutual needs are provided for, when each contributes his own services to the […]

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Can a Young Man Love a Woman?
February 17, 2016

“Young men’s love then lies not truly in their hearts but in their eyes.” Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet The other day wondering aloud over breakfast whether a young man is capable of truly loving a woman, I asked, “What’s wrong with young men?” My wife immediately answered: “They’re young.” Shakespeare’s friar challenges […]

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Time to Say Goodbye, Again
May 20, 2015

At this time last year I wrote a piece on why when it is time to say goodbye, it is important that it be done well. This last weekend was graduation at the college where I teach. It was time to say goodbye after four years to over one hundred young men […]

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Considered as Triflers
April 1, 2015

“Let us therefore lie in wait for the righteous man, because he is inconvenient to us and opposes our actions; … We are considered by him as triflers…” Wisdom of Solomon, chap. 2 Might someone consider me a ‘trifler?’ The thought is rather offensive. In any case, I find myself hoping that […]

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The Slavery of Women, and Men
February 11, 2015

“But among barbarians no distinction is made between women and slaves…” Aristotle, Politics Barbarians can be accused of a number of things, but presumably they cannot be accused of considering themselves civilized. Nor did they see themselves as a society in which the position of woman was improving. In light of a […]

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Twentieth Anniversary
January 7, 2015

I never could have known what a blessing it would be. How does one ever measure? Those who have been there know. The suffering and trials can be simply beyond telling. But therein we can actually learn, or at least finally begin to see, that no suffering is too great. Period. Love […]

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A Good Wife
November 26, 2014

“Nothing is better for man than a good wife…” Hesiod, Works and Days One might wonder whether that is an overstatement. It was once suggested to me that Thanksgiving is a good time to focus on one thing for which we are grateful. It now strikes me that this practice will be especially […]

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Care for a Wife’s Health
July 23, 2014

“Seeing, then, that such care is lavished on the body’s food, surely every care should be taken on behalf of our own children’s mother and nurse, in whom is implanted the seed from which there springs a living soul.” Aristotle, Economics Aristotle is reflecting upon the practices of a good husband. He […]