Viewed from the Keel of a Canoe: Poetry for Gifting

Viewed from the Keel of a Canoe is a very good book of poetry by a very interesting man. The man made the poetry, but the South, God, and his grandfathers made the man. Matthew Boyleston is a rarity: a published poet with business savvy and a deeply conservative man.  His recent collection of poems [Read More…]

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Stop Failing: Lessons from Virgil and Lucas

Don’t Rejoice in Failure Dad knew a man who preached the same sermon every week. People left his church until only a few faithful were hanging with the congregation to try to save the church after the pastor would (hopefully) wear out and leave. Was Pastor Tedium worried? No. He had, from his point of [Read More…]

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Build a New City: At My Last First College Class Ever

Let’s build a new city for the remnant of the people of God! That’s a good, big, and honorable call and it can be done. People have gone to new lands and built something out of almost nothing. How much easier to create a community in this land! If you are building a new business, [Read More…]

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Remember After Pearl Harbor

By now on December 7, Pearl Harbor was a smoking ruin. The Empire of Japan decided to take on the United States of America in a war the Empire could not win if the United States decided to fight. Japan may have done the one thing necessary to provoke such a fight. We are right [Read More…]

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We win! (Or Don’t be Troy)

Just when you think you have won, that is when many people lose. This lesson is as old as Homer, though Virgil told it best. The wealthy, more than a little soft, Trojans held off the Greeks for a decade and then the Greeks went home. After ten years of siege, the party was on. And [Read More…]

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Follow the Star: the Folly of Certainty

Beauty, Truth, and the Good are real. What do I mean by that? Beauty, Truth, and the Good exist independent of human minds. They exist in the Mind of God (at least) and so can be known. If the Good can be known, the moral life is possible. If the Truth can be known, then [Read More…]

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Give Money to Have Less Money: God Will Bless You, Every One.

Scrooge got angry with his nephew Fred over a “Merry Christmas” claiming he would like to see such humbugs boiled in their own pudding and buried with a stake of holly in their hearts.* This is a far worse reaction to Christmas than a Starbucks red cup. Scrooge loves money because he thinks it keeps [Read More…]

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Beauty Dies First

Herod saw the eternal message of the Star of Bethlehem and could only think about his temporal rule. Real beauty filled the sky and all he could see was a problem. Confusing what is eternal with what is mortal or changing is one way a culture finds to die. People refuse to compromise on what [Read More…]

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Enjoy a Sappy Christmas by Having Actual Advent

By the time Christmas comes some people are tired of sappiness and feel happiness when they can stop with the Holiday cheer. Partly, this is due to the Scrooge that lives in every human heart that must be boiled in a holiday pudding and have a stake of holly driven through this wickedness in our [Read More…]

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Communism: Always Evil, Defenders, Decent Dupes

We can hate ideas, but we cannot hate people. At the same time,  we can think about any idea, but some relationships with people are too toxic to be endured. To put it simply: at The Saint Constantine School, our students think hard about Marxism, but we would not let Lenin teach. Marxism is a bad idea, [Read More…]

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