Month: April 2004

Quite odd, all this pornography in America, a country with a remarkably high percentage of people who identify themselves as Christians. Kinda reminds me of Walker Percy’s reference in …

Michigan in March Of all the Meadian gifts from Zeus, the sudden surprise of nature has always been my favorite. A wise man once said that those who set …

The pagan gods don’t drink mead with mortals for a reason, and it’s not snobbery. It comes from the desire to hang out with their peers—with those who know …

There is an amiable muse and a mordant muse. I’m not sure which should be indulged more. The amiable muse is more edifying; the mordant muse, more entertaining.

Thomas Merton described the Tao as “the simple good with which one is endowed by the very fact of existence. Instead of self-conscious cultivation of this good (which vanishes …

Never underestimate your greed. It’s ivy in the soul, creeping everywhere, fertilized by pride.

“Everyone has within himself something he does not know as long as he has not searched it out; but if he has searched it out—he shudders.” Boethius

It’s Just My Imagination In the second volume of lectures published posthumously as Redeeming the Time, Russell Kirk celebrates the workings of the moral imagination (the power of ethical …

When a sneering acquaintance told the poverty-bitten Diogenes that he wouldn’t have to eat lentils (a poor man’s food) if only he would learn to flatter the king, Diogenes …

“To be subtle without ceasing to be simple; to be realist, yet not crude; to be minute at the right moment, but not all the time; to add here …

Pithecanthropus Pithecanthropus is the Ape Man. He’s also known as Java Man and Peking Man. Latin-loving scientists call him Homo erectus, Homo modjokertenses, Meganthropus palaeojavanicus, Pithecanthropus robustus, and Pithecanthropus …

“It is aptly related of the great Dr. Clarke, that when in one of his leisure hours he was unbending himself with a few friends in the most playful …