April 1, 2024

The Beautiful Home In 1988 I began a seven-volume treatise on American domestic architecture because I intended not to draw plumbing plans in a desk at the office of some fashionable Modernist.  As it happened, 1988 was a year when we Classives were beginning to discover one another, though not yet to know one another. …

Pliny, Beautiful Living
February 1, 2024

The Classive Tradition: A Personal Consideration This book is the script of a proposed nine-part video presentation that tells the story of us, the US, these United States, the culmination of the world’s Classive expression of Civic Art.   Ours is a Classive Tradition, a form of thought humane in practice, beautiful in design, true…

January 1, 2024

The Houses of God   There is a pattern in our bones, a memory of what we are before we are.  So it is in the stones of the church, basilica, and cathedral, life ascending from time before memory to a future beyond sight.  By choice or by chance, all things come to be.  So…

Realism Attacked
October 1, 2021

Equity Diversity Inclusion: Firmness, Commodity, and Slight of Phrase   “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…

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,…

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