These are not the mermaids we expected. . .

Today Columbus, the sailor and not the city, had a disappointing day. The report says: On the previous day, when the Admiral went to the Rio del Oro, he saw three mermaids, which rose well out of the sea; though they are not so beautiful as they are painted, though to some extent they have the [Read More…]

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She Makes Bleak Golden

If you do not read Christina Rossetti, stop reading this now and go buy a book. I can wait. Those who know that Rossetti is the poet still standing against the alt-Left and the alt-Right, politically incorrect and yet a Lady, welcome you to the resistance. Rossetti wanted beauty more than wealth, virtue more than [Read More…]

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Aspire to be Fezziwig: Isn’t It Time to Grow Up?

When I was a boy, my Papaws made me want to be old. They had time to tell stories, being retired and all, and they were gentleman. They wore suits to church and had great hats. Even when he was a young man, my dad was well on his way to adulthood: he has spent [Read More…]

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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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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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Exegesis of “A Visit from St. Nicholas” or Why Santa is a Spelling Error for Satan

If you have never sent a text to the Boss and had autocorrect change a perfectly normal word to a very bad word, you have not yet known terror. When first it happens, you hope the Boss knows you do not speak that way and that autocorrect does funny things. Imagine the horror, however, if [Read More…]

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We Should Walk and Teach

Why do we sit in rooms when Aristotle walked and talked? Socrates would walk out to the country and dialog. Plato pictured conversations that often were in motion. That was a hard question my students asked and I had no good answer, so we went outside and we walked our fields and talked. One student pointed [Read More…]

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Hume Reminds Me: Take Me as I Am

When it comes to hard thinkers, it is all too easy to read them as judges. Does this guy line up with what I think? If so, then I can strip mine his writing for pithy quotes that make me seem smart! If not, then I can take him down and a critical essay is [Read More…]

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The Matter of Britain: Cheer Up, We are Doomed

The Matter of Britain, the story of King Arthur, has defied great story telling. There are good books about Arthur, Once and Future King is the best, and even a classic, L’Morte d’Arthur, but the story is better than any of the books. Of films and television we should not speak given the generally horrible quality of the [Read More…]

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