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December 27, 2017
The Glorious Christmas, not Filostrato Tree (Third Day of Christmas)
We bought a glorious tree of the sort I once called a Filostrato Tree. The...
December 26, 2017
Boxing Day: Keep Giving Gifts! (Second Day of Christmas)
Now that the stores are not pestering us, we can get down to serious gift...
December 25, 2017
The Christ Mass of Hope: Christmas Day 1
It is the first day of Christmastide! This is the day where we get to...
December 24, 2017
Christmas Eve: Eve’s Day to Dance
Tonight one strong woman made sure another strong woman would spend eternity in Paradise. In...
December 20, 2017
A Saint for Our Time with an Advent Message
Advent is the prelude to new life in the nativity of Jesus. To live that...
December 19, 2017
Get a Bear: Building a Home
It turns out that you can build a house a bit like build-a-bear: one piece...
December 17, 2017
The Shattered Ornament: You Cannot Destroy Christmas
Christmas is indestructible even if we are not.
December 16, 2017
The Star! To See the Stars . . . (Questions from Crown 10!)
My academic life has specialized in general education: helping find the tools to learn anything. There...
December 15, 2017
The Persistent Beauty Of Christmas
Ugly is easy.
December 14, 2017
We Know, We Learn (Crown College Question 9)
When I was a child, I would roll the dice and then count the dots....
December 13, 2017
There are Christmas miracles and then there are good parents. I have seen both and...
December 12, 2017
Advent and Christmas are the Mercy We Need
During Advent, I try to turn from seeing problems in other people to examining my...
December 08, 2017
Snow in Houston: the Gift of the Delightful Surprise
College could wait, so could every other class at The Saint Constantine School. Snow came...
December 07, 2017
Remember . . . Remember . . . Not Just the 7th of December
They still remember Pearl Harbor at the ceremonies in our government and my guess is...
December 05, 2017
Brother Slave: Redeemed on a Holy Night
Growing up I dreaded O Holy Night, as the song tended to bring out the faux-opera...
November 30, 2017
Wasted Land: Life in the Median
I have always wondered about America's road medians. There must be thousands of acres...
November 29, 2017
Learning to Play: God help us.
If you have not seen a five year child unable to play, you are blessed....
November 28, 2017
My Presidential Tree Ornaments
Our family Christmas tree will never be featured in a magazine. An eccentric mix of...
November 27, 2017
Elvis, Santa, and God’s Children
We need not lie to children, but we should let them pretend.
November 25, 2017
What is Justice? Doing Justice to a Fine Comic Book Movie
You are going to a film with characters named “Wonder Woman,” “Superman, “Batman,” and other...
November 24, 2017
Sad, but Better: Four Things that Help
Some people don’t see well, others of us have biologically based “sad.” Our “feels” are...
November 23, 2017
Under the Mercy- the Piercing Joy of Embracing All of Reality
To embrace all of reality, metaphysical and physical, is to find beauty, but as any sage...
November 22, 2017
Perverse Matter? What Plato and (Some) of the Fathers Mean
When I tell someone I am a Platonist, they often assume I hate the material...
November 21, 2017
Thankful For Mercy with Truth: the Eternal Relevance of Philosophy (Crown Question 8)
Greek philosophy is worth our time, but it is not all sufficient. We should follow...
November 20, 2017
What if I had not married your mother? (Crown Question 9!)
The day came when our children realized that their mother and I might not have...
November 19, 2017
How to Birth Curiosity and Joyful Learning (Crown Questions 7!)
I long to have a mind awake, a good heart, and do justice with mercy....
November 18, 2017
All Passion is From God: Sort Of (Questions from Crown 6!)
All passion is from God, but what we make of it can range from the...
November 17, 2017
Siding with Someone Else . . . (Questions from Crown 5!)
He needed certainty or he was lost and this made him miserable and everyone around...
November 16, 2017
A Passion for Knowledge (Questions from Crown 4!)
As reading any news thread shows, passion can provoke problems, God help us. The better...
November 15, 2017
Advent is a Fast Leading to the Feast of Christmas
Basic rule: you need pain for pleasure. Clarification: this pain is not the nasty pain...
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