I live on Myrtle Avenue, a little non-descript five-plot street lined on one side only by post-war bungalows with the quaint covered porches and tiny front yards and crooked sidewalks that demonstrate a civility unique to the dreams of those mid-centuries romantics who built for themselves a small modicum of tranquility on the backs of a textile industry long since moved to a place where folks care less for it. My house, number 26, sits right in the middle of the block, the smallest house on the street and the least noticeable.
Our friend Martin Cothran is the author of Memoria Press’ Traditional Logic, Material Logic and Classical Rhetoric programs, and is an instructor of Latin, Logic, Rhetoric, and Classical Studies at Highlands Latin School. He currently serves as senior policy analyst with The Family Foundation of Kentucky. His articles has have appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Louisville Courier-Journal, and various other newspapers, as well as on radio and television.
Editor's Note: This piece is posted with the permission of our friends at Story Warren, where it was originally published.
America’s current crop of bright young things, like every crop before them, seems sure they’ve invented some new ideas. Like smoking pipes, home-grown vegetables, and over-sized mustaches.
Of course they didn’t, but don’t get me wrong, I’m also a big fan of… well, some of those things.
For the weekend crowd, this is a sampling of what we've been reading this week.
I spent last Friday and Saturday in the hospital and that has turned this week into a long bout of catching up and getting myself back in rhythm. It probably wasn't a big deal, so we haven't made much of it here at CiRCE, but I do feel I owe an explanation and that I should prevent this from growing into more than it was. So here's the story.
The heart of the difference between classical and conventional education is not in curriculum or teaching methods, though those are effected. The heart of the issue is in goals and beliefs. Our practices often entangle us so much that we can't get back to the things that matter most.
The biggest difference is theological. Conventional education is ultimately nihilistic, believing that we live in a great meaningless vacuum. Classical education, Christian or philosophical, rests on the foundation of Being. Everything, quite literally follows from this.
G.K. Chesterton, the great writer, Christian apologist, lay theologian, literary and cultural critic, poet, and more, might be the most "quotable" writer in history. While it is difficult to narrow down a few favorites, I will begin by offering five (a very few) of my favorites:
by Edna St. Vincent Millay
We were very tired, we were very merry–
We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry.
It was bare and bright, and smelled like a stable–
But we looked into a fire, we leaned across a table,
We lay on a hill-top underneath the moon;
And the whistles kept blowing, and the dawn came soon.
My wife, Bethany, recently bought an old window - complete with glass panes and a seriously heavy-duty wood frame, white paint chipped and fading - into which she plans to insert family photos (a new take on the traditional family photo collage). So we've been discussing the best way to hang it, keeping in mind that it weighs about 35 lbs.