Every nation, people, or culture has a story. It seems to me that in every one of those cultures there is a place of honor reserved for those whose work it is or has been to protect all the others. Such is certainly the case in the American story. From the founding our principal heroes have been warriors. This seems to be the case for most cultures which endure at all (for obvious reasons). In a … [Read more...] about Memorial Day Thanksgiving
Note: This is the first part of a post that's up over at For the Family, so go ahead and go there if you want to skip this tease... --- I peruse twitter and, despite my half-hearted efforts at censoring them, the ubiquitous quotes on maximizing success just cannot be stopped. These success quote manufacturers must be reading their own material, because it is impossible to escape their … [Read more...] about Planting Trees vs. #Successing
People have been saying nice things to me. Also, they’ve been giving me money. Both of those things are--and I know this sounds insane--kind of hard to take. Because I’m proud. And scared. I was really reluctant to do the pre-sale for my debut novel on kickstarter. But we decided to do it and, after some great advice (and many cautions) from experienced and wise friends, we forged ahead. I had no … [Read more...] about The Green Ember and an Apologetic Posture
Did you hear the one about the family that never laughed? It’s a bad one and not worth retelling. Laughter is a wonderful ingredient to add to the mix of family life. When Dad and Mom can’t or don’t laugh, then children fail to develop part of what it means to be a mature human. God made us to laugh and when we laugh we feel alive. According to Science, laughter is good for our health. And we … [Read more...] about Getting Serious About Laughter
This subject deserves more attention, but consider this a timid foray into a field with tall grass and various lurking beasts all of which this adventurer cannot hope to see. A friend recently bemoaned the apparent problem that many of our leading theologians are disconnected from good storytelling and that many of our leading storytellers are disconnected from good theology. I share that … [Read more...] about Why Are Storytellers Often Bad Preachers and Preachers Often Bad Storytellers?
Note: This post is about appreciation for the classical approach in general, and how the classical education movement came to southern West Virginia. CC played an important part in that. I’m grateful for Classical Conversations as a program, and for the people who have sacrificed so much to bring it to our community in southern West Virginia. I see it as an answer to a prayer we’ve been praying … [Read more...] about Ten CCs of Light: A Classical Conversation in Our Little Community
My wife picked out our freshly-five-year-old son’s birthday present, a pair of walkie-talkies. He was thrilled. “Oh, Mommy! It’s just E-zackly what I wanted. Thank you!” We were pleased, proud, and happy. What amazing parents we were. What gift selection. What a joyful home we had made. Everything, as the poets have said, was awesome. That is, until the kids started playing with … [Read more...] about Have You Got Your Ears On?
"Remember your Aristotle—the universal form adheres within particulars. If you set out to tell a story about Everything, you’ll get nothing. It will be so broad and ambitious that it ends up signifying nothing. But if you, for instance, tell a story about an ordinary family in an ordinary Texas town, you might end up with an incredible story of love and loyalty and duty, of courage during times of … [Read more...] about C.S. Lewis: Mere Anglican, More Christian