The Long Discussion: Such Larks!

Socratic discussion is my life’s work and I am going to dialog with a religious skeptic today. Of course, I dialog with religious skeptics most days, I am a teacher with all sorts of students. As a follower of Socrates, I am also skeptical myself, properly understood, about everything including my own religion! This is [Read More…]

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Malory and Machiavelli: Just Now We Need Both

Just as Malory was ending, Machiavelli was beginning and that is as good a summary as any about the choices in politics. Where Malory ends, Machiavelli begins, but a stable body politic will have both. Too often we dismiss Malory as a mere dreamer of a golden age, of Arthur and Camelot, while Machiavelli is [Read More…]

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Forgiveness is Not Cheap

Charlotte Bronte was right: forgiveness is the mightiest sword. Forgiveness cuts away the hate and leaves us dead to evil and alive to God. We are starting Lent this week: a time to focus on our own sins and not on the sins of others. Christianity teaches us to love our enemies  and to be forgiving.  Forgiveness is [Read More…]

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In Which Hugh Hewitt Meets a Live Blog for His Fourth Way

If there is a new Bill Buckley, his name is Hugh Hewitt. He is a calm and thoughtful voice and if he is partisan, then it is with good cheer. He bets his hopes and not his fears. I was (and remain) NeverTrump, part of the loyal opposition of Republican in exile from power. Hewitt [Read More…]

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A Book for this Time: Watership Down

This is not a gentle time. People of the Word turn to words to step back from the events in the hopes of making sense of them. What to read in such a time as this? 1984 is too late, Brave New World still a bit early. Ugly times demand a good work and It [Read More…]

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On Being Margaret: Have Sense and Sensibility

There are three daughters in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility and on the surface that is one too many. If you have only watched the movie (and it is worth watching), you may not realize the work done by the film to create a character out of Margaret, the book’s forgotten child. For pages of the book, [Read More…]

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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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