THE CANOPY AND THE COSMOS: What Kilmer Knew, What Sagan Never Dreamed

Today, December 6, is the birthday of Joyce Kilmer.Alfred Joyce Kilmer (December 6, 1886 – July 30, 1918) was an American journalist, poet, literary critic, and editor.  He was considered the leading Catholic poet and lecturer of his generation, and was compared to G.K. Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc.  He died too young, at age 31, leaving his fans to wonder what else he might have accomplished had he lived.  A sergeant in the 165th U.S. Infantry Regiment during World War I, Kilmer was killed … [Read more...]

For Our World: A Child’s Profound Reflections on 9/11

World-Trade-Center

I saw the World Trade Center only once. It was 1998 or 1999.  It had been a number of years since I’d visited New York City; but when our youngest son Jerry began working at an airline, I took advantage of my “parent privileges” (in those innocent pre-9/11 days, parents of employees could fly for $30/roundtrip) and the two of us set off for a day trip to the Big Apple.  We planned to see the sights, visit a museum, enjoy lunch and dinner—then head back home to Michigan.At some point—was … [Read more...]

The Ladder of St. Augustine

The Ladder of St. Augustine By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Saint Augustine!  well hast thou said, That of our vices we can frame A ladder, if we will but tread Beneath our feet each deed of shame!All common things, each day's events, That with the hour begin and end, Our pleasures and our discontents, Are rounds by which we may ascend.The low desire, the base design, That makes another's virtues less; The revel of the ruddy wine, And all occasions of excess;The longing for … [Read more...]


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