October 1, 2021

Equity, diversity, inclusion is a pretty little phrase, quaint, nice and polite, well suited to swimsuit contests, campus riots, and advertising campaigns.  We find this fawning phrase graphicly projected on smart boardroom screens, carelessly taped to smudgy coffeehouse windows, and boldly italicized upon preachy university websites.  I cannot speak for you, yet, as for myself,…

January 15, 2021

The bird learns to fly by being pushed from the nest.  Sea turtles know they must run to the ocean.  Baby ducks ride mother’s back until learning by example to swim.  The tadpole grows legs and hops; the caterpillar grows wings and flies; what must the finger-painter grow to become a picture-maker. Certain you have…

January 1, 2021

Fellow Americans: You might be surprised to learn that you are Greek, in the first instance; that you are Roman, a child of Lucius Junius Brutus; that you are Catholic, even if atheist; that you ascend from victories in the Art of War; that you, fellow Americans, are Hellenocentric, even if citizens of the One…

October 31, 2020

The homes of the gods are most often constructed near their sacred springs, the site of their miracles, their births, or the location of some occasional visitation.  Most often, at home, there was a table for feasting, then, as now, known as an “altar”.  There was a porch, maybe two, and within the main room…

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? Upon the western coast of Anatolia, near the mouth of the Meander River, within the archaic Greek City of Miletus, in the sixth century before the birth of Christ, there lived three philosophers, Thales, Anaximander, and Anaximenes, philosophers who,…

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…

February 29, 2020

Bunyan’s Chores, A First Fancy: Ax in Hand. Perhaps you learned of Paul Bunyan from stories in books mother-read or father-read at bed-time, in rainy-day books you read to yourself, or by pass-the-time tales when in-the-car with family.  Perhaps you stood in the shadow of a gargantuan Bunyan statue, or rode on the wide back…

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