June 30, 2020

Book III of “Eden to Ohio” Indians, Johnny Appleseed, U.S. * * * What was the appearance of this Ohio when first by Chapman seen.  This “Ohio” translated from the Seneca, Ohi:yo [oh-hee-yoh], “continuously spilling creek” was a crisscross of rivers, a glaciated bottom-land, a land set-to-flame by the pre-Columbian residents (the Indians) who burned…

June 15, 2020

Book III of “Eden to Ohio” Colonization, Eden, Apples, Apple Cider * * * Aristotle composed many books, many lectures, most now lost.  Among those lost, the dialogue “Alexander, ‘On Colonization’”.  You might remember that an eager occupation of Aristotle’s Lyceum and of Plato’s Academy was the production of constitutions for those Greek colonies which…

May 31, 2020

Book III of “Eden to Ohio” Chapman, Appleseed, Swedenborg, Colonization * * * At memory’s farthest reach, my people touch Ohio, Appleseed country, before that, none now living can say.  We have photographs, well, drawings, really, most of what was photograph has faded leaving the outlined highlight of handsome, strong willed citizens.  One such picture,…

May 15, 2020

Preface III: Our Classical Heritage A Brief, “Very Brief” History of Ideas *** WHERE TO BEGIN? Picture in your mind’s eye—that eye of the soul which knows not only everything beneath the sun, but everything beyond the sun (from eternities before time, into eternities past the ending of time)—a statue by Polykleitos, let us say,…

April 30, 2020

Preface III: Our Classical Heritage Part II: Classive and Progressive, Considered * * * WHEN MIGHT WASHINGTON, D.C. CEASE TO BE OUR ARCHITECTURE and monuments are, in truth, in fact, us.  When we cease to be who we are, our statues, memorials and monuments will be removed to museums —Museum, from Mouseῖon, “a seat, a…

April 15, 2020

Preface III: Our Classical Heritage Part I: Where We Are * * * IN PREPERATION for Quæ Sumus, I wondered what might profit you most.  Then too, knowing of the common interest in, well, the world around us, I looked about to find some topic on which to dilate.  Here, just now, I am in…

March 30, 2020

LITERATURE Essay 1: Homer, Hesiod, Homeric Hymns Part 4: Homeric Hymns * * * IN JOY, in praise we lift our voices to God, all of them; we lift our voices in communion with the life-giving force of the universe; in song we participate, we join in meaning, one with the Divine.  Listening back from…

March 15, 2020

LITERATURE Essay 1: Homer, Hesiod, Homeric Hymns Part 3: Introduction, Homer, Iliad * * * THE SOURCE of our religious imagination is HESIOD, more than any other author he codified the liminal character of our nature, the traditions of our cults, our ritual practices, et cetera; yes, even into Christianity, that Roman assumption of Yahweh,…