July 3, 2019

What is the state of the race? We have an incumbent president slowly moving up to (almost) 44% approval in a time of relative peace and prosperity. That approval rating is too low and not historically good news for the incumbent. Simultaneously his disapproval rate has dropped (barely) below 52%.* This has been roughly the case since Mr. Trump declared his intention to run for re-election. These early polls are hard to interpret and this time there are several complicating factors different… Read more

July 2, 2019

The stars are ours, all of us, a beauty that never ends, changes interestingly, and pointed theistic philosophers toward the scientific methods. Standing at the ocean, if one can, is an opera of sounds and sights that inspire great art and literature. Walking in the woods, or a garden, is refreshing. God made a gratuitously beautiful world. Wherever we look, nature brings beauty. Humans are capable of going to the wrong place at the wrong time, but even in the… Read more

July 1, 2019

I spent several Glorious Fourths in Berkeley, California. Perhaps, the most old fashioned rousingly patriotic Fourth of my life was on an old naval vessel being lovingly restored by vets and community volunteers. Watermelon was as ubiquitous as the red rust, the fireworks lit up the Bay, and we sang some old fashioned tunes. Tonight I am wrapping up a road trip in this summer home away from home with dear friends. Hope and I went for a walk around the… Read more

June 30, 2019

I asked  for new voices and got some outstanding writers! Today we hear from the erudite James R. Harrington. James R. Harrington earned his M.A. in Ancient History at California State University Fulleron and is a member of the Torrey Honors Institute. James has been a classical educator in a variety of settings over the past thirteen years. He lives in Houston with his wife, Sharon, and their daughter. Harrington began with a series on shields in classical literature and now… Read more

June 29, 2019

And yet you and I could have wriggled just like him, if we’d wanted to hide the fact that we were contradicting ourselves. His behaviour might have been comprehensible if this discussion of ours had been taking place in a lawcourt, but as things are, given the company we’re in, I can’t understand why anyone would cloak himself in fine but empty words.* Plato pictures men eager to win a debate, not eager to be right. They have proposed a… Read more

June 28, 2019

Jesus made Peter breakfast and an apostle was reborn. Plato found Socrates and philosophy keeps responding to that relationship.  A great good, perhaps the greatest good, of college education is finding a mentor: the older person who does not only teach the craft you need, but the character you lack. This cannot be manufactured or commanded. The time, quiet, and space needed is expensive and hard to find. The just demands of life, earning a living, squeeze the time, fill… Read more

June 27, 2019

Since 1861 the Democrat Party was not going to win with a vote from the Reynolds family. You have been warned. I am a Garfield Republican. Perhaps the best thing about being a Garfield Republican is nobody gets my vote by default. No unfit candidate gets our votes, but we are not looking for a messiah or a perfect person either. We would not, did not, vote for the worst American president James Buchanan no matter how crazy Fremont was. … Read more

June 26, 2019

I am thankful to know His Grace Bishop Thomas, a teacher, leader, and compassionate man worth hearing. Here are some reflections put together by His Grace and a team of Orthodox thought leaders on the urgent need for more ministry to those who “special needs” with context on suffering in the life of the Church. Arise, Take up Thy Bed and Walk “Our Ministry to those with Special Needs” by Bishop THOMAS (Joseph), Peter Schweitzer and Subdeacon David Hyatt Disabilities… Read more

June 25, 2019

At the end of this year, The Saint Constantine School saw success by any measure and I will share some of those stories with you over time. Our students did marvelously well compared to peers. The School and College are growing. But the excellent numbers are not what I recall at the start of the summer break, but the joy of our teachers and students: the elementary student who built a “hospital” for an injured frog, the moment in a… Read more

June 24, 2019

The Mistborn series was the best fantastic literature of the last twenty years . . . Maybe. By the end of the last book, one imagined Tolkien if Tolkien had published as a young man and then kept growing. The first three Mistborn books were marked by creative plotting and the creation of a clever alternative magical system. Brandon Sanderson wrote a novel rooted in Latter Day Saint theology as firmly as Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings was rooted in Catholicism…. Read more

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