In 1000 AD, May 2nd was known as the feast of St. Athanasius. In 1800 AD, the French Revolutionaries had attempted to suppress and destroy the Christian calendar, replacing the old saint’s days with feasts of nature and agriculture. May 2nd was the feast of the wallflower. The French Republican Calendar did not hold in the public imagination, though, and quickly fell out of fashion. In 1900 AD, May 2nd was nothing. May 2nd was a common Wednesday. Today, May 2nd is National Garden Naked Day.
Dr. Peter Kreeft has authored dozens of books, ranging from the works of Thomas Aquinas to imaginative dialogues with a re-incarnate Socrates, from books for children to books on surfing.
It is now nearly too late in the year to make any sure modifications to classroom decorum. The bad habits which have settled in are almost certainly settled till Summer, and you have now only your plans for improving next year. Now is the time for New (School) Year's Resolutions. Now is the time for sighing and, "Well, next year I'm going to get a handle on..." As you modify your expectations, your house rules, your personal codes which sit on top of institutional demands, a few points to ponder. Excerpts from the decorum guide I pass out to students at the beginning of the year:
We all know how we could become better human beings. The problem is that we do not want to become better human beings.
For those of us on the “Western” calendar, the Lenten season has passed. We are now in the joyful throes of Easter, to be followed shortly by our Orthodox friends.
Forget the self-help shelf. When I need life advice, I reach for some literary criticism.
After all, if our lives are story-shaped, what could fit us to fare forward in them better than Story’s cartography? If in His book are written all the days fashioned for us, how better to interpret them than by learning the story-rules His own great narrative has set? Or if, in some mysterious way, we join our Author and finisher in the crafting of our lives, how better to learn wisdom than by imitating the storyteller’s art?
A. I confess that I am no art historian, though I know enough of art and history to make a wager, and it is this: at the time, the "Yonker Ramp" from Frans Hals' 1623 painting (pictured below) was the happiest man ever committed to color and canvas.
Recently, in the children’s catechism class at church, we reviewed the story of the Flood, Noah, and the ark. And, in the course of reviewing that story with them, I reread Genesis 6-9 and, in doing so, noticed something that should have been clear before. Hear Genesis 9:12-16:
Sometimes the Internet is just glorious.
I recently stumbled upon a rare recording of Flannery O'Connor reading her own story, "A Good Man is Hard to Find." What an amazing find!
I'm going to admit something rather embarassing: her very thick Georgia accent totally surprised me! Writers are supposed to speak the King's English, right? Even Southern writers. Now I'm going to have to read all her stories with that drawl.
Witty and perceptive she may be, but clearly, Scout Finch is not strong on compassion. Within the first three chapters of To Kill A Mockingbird, she shames Dill, slanders Boo Radley, mortifies Miss Caroline, beats up and then dresses down Walter Cunningham, and sprinkles in some rather harsh commentary on a cast of other Maycomb characters: Calpurnia “was all angles and bones; she was nearsighted; she squinted; her hand was wide as a bed slat and twice as hard”; Miss Stephanie Crawford was “a neighborhood scold”; Mrs.