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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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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Mozart and a Quiet Moment Without a Moment of Drowsiness

Listening to Mozart live is one of the few musical experiences where I am made calm, yet not sleepy. I was lucky enough to hear Jeffery Kahane conduct and play piano for a packed house in Houston.  We have had a wonderful, but busy holiday with much to do later to get ready for the work [Read More…]

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What were they going to do, kill me?

My Papaw Earl was a brave man. He once earned a coin by climbing to the top of a bridge. As Frank Capra might say, he worked hard and he prayed hard until Union Carbide killed him. They decided back when jobs were hard to get that they could hire men to cut asbestos and [Read More…]

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I was guilty by association.

When I was in seventh grade at a school I shall protect, I was not one of the Cool Kids. I have never been one of the cool kids, just as I am not now one of the Cool Codgers. Instead, I was a nerd. It was at the school, blessed memory, that I found Lord [Read More…]

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Says the student: “I am Charlemagne.”

Today a first grader at The Saint Constantine School learned about Charlemagne. In a burst of enthusiasm for this great leader, he shouted: “I am Charlemagne. Become Christian or die!” This required some teaching. Atheist, Christian, Muslim, almost any group, has been tempted to use power to make people believe the right thing. Law can force [Read More…]

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The Costume Party Is An Adult Activity

Some events are not for adults. Trick-or-Treating door to door is one of those things. Don’t do it. It’s good to have things that kids do that grownups do not. Somehow (maybe in the 1950’s?) we decided that many enjoyable activities were just for kids and adults should not. By the time the kill joys were done, “adult entertainment” [Read More…]

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