Marshall McLuhan wrote, in his 1964 work Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man, "The medium is the message." The manner in which a story is delivered greatly affects the story, changing the experience for both storyteller and audience. It is not unusual for a story's medium to be changed or adapted - most of us now read Homer's Iliad or Odyssey, rather than hearing it recited - but sometimes the result is disastrous.
C.S. Lewis once remarked, “I am almost inclined to set it up as a canon that a children’s story which is enjoyed only by children is a bad children’s story. The good ones last. A waltz which you can like only when you are waltzing is a bad waltz.”
Reading the great fairy tales and classic stories to our children remains a great responsibility for all parents.
In the opening pages of Plato: The Great Philosopher-Educator, David Diener observes that “Plato was one of the principal founders of the Western intellectual tradition, and it is nearly impossible to examine the historical development of any academic topic without, knowingly or unknowingly, addressing Plato’s views.” Indeed, it would be nigh impossible to overestimate the impact of Plato’s thought on Western civilization.
Flannery O’Connor would have turned ninety yesterday. The Georgia-born writer authored two novels and over thirty short stories that continue to shock readers through her grotesque, often violent, characters and scenes that highlight the need for grace and redemption. A devout Catholic in the Protestant-dominated South, O’Connor was a distinctly Christian writer whose works would never see the light of most Christian bookstores.
Today, being Ash Wednesday, is the beginning of Lent for us Christians in the West. Today, we take the first steps in our journey to Easter, the celebration of Christ’s resurrection. As we enter this season - one of fasting, prayer, and repentance - there are particularly valuable lessons that teachers and parents should take with them.
Ben Jonson wrote that William Shakespeare “was not of an age but for all time!” The greatest English playwright - a master of tragedy, comedy, history, and sonnet - Shakespeare is one of the most prolific and influential writers in history. So, the CiRCE Academy, is giving you more opportunities to spend time with Shakespeare!
Undefended: My favorite Father Brown mysteries by G.K. Chesterton. I had a hard time narrowing it down, so I chose all 50-ish of them.
Undefended: My favorite Father Brown mysteries by G.K. Chesterton. I had a hard time narrowing it down.
“Of all the animals, the boy is the most unmanageable.” - Plato
I lay on my back, staring at the sky with my feet above me on the hill. My bike flew overhead - that much I knew - but where it landed was a mystery. The ditch crept up on me, as tends to happen on unfamiliar roads, while I was trying my best to keep up with my friend Michael. He knew the curve like the back of his hand, but I approached it way too fast and hit the embankment, flipped over my handlebars, and landed with a considerable thud.