Andrew Kern Apr 3, 2008
May the Lord find in my heart a place where He can rest; a place so ordered and so focused on pleasing Him and hearing Him and serving Him that He feels He has come home when He enters.
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Andrew Kern Apr 1, 2008
If you want to know what's good for you, you'd better visit this blog and then take a close look at your calendar. When's your next appointment?
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Andrew Kern Mar 31, 2008
I was pleased to learn that the recently deceased William Buckley was home-schooled. You can read a few paragraphs about it in this article, which included this paragraph:
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Andrew Kern Mar 28, 2008
The thing about Hallmark cards is that they are too obvious in their intent. To say something profound in such a way that the auditor actually hears it, you cannot say it obviously. If you do, you reduce it to a mere analytical statement, a statement on which they can probably act - but the action won't require an actual understanding.
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Andrew Kern Mar 28, 2008
Earlier I mentioned things like the music and the images used in a poem and then a third thing (maybe I'll call it the connotations). But what needs to precede all of that is that the poet has something to say. It's conceivable that he could use mediocre music and less than perfect imagery and still write a good poem because what he is revealing carries so much weight in and of itself.
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Andrew Kern Mar 28, 2008
The picture doesn't do justice to the suave good looks of our new blogger Brian Phillips, but it begins to capture some of the authority in his bearing. Brian has recently joined the CiRCE staff as a part time Executive Assistant and his help has already proved invaluable. He's hard at work improving the look of the LTW pages on the web site. Hopefully over the next few weeks you'll continue to see a more attractive appearance, more useful content, and an easier to use web site. In addition, you can anticipate Blogs by Brian in the coming days.
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Andrew Kern Mar 28, 2008
Education IS the cultivation and development of the faculties of the person being educated, especially those that are uniquely human. For this reason, the arts and music, literature and history, languages and the natural sciences, philosophy and theology ARE the content of education. None of them is an elective. To the extent that anybody lacks in any of these areas, to that extent his human faculties have not been cultivated and therefore to that extent I am not educated.
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Andrew Kern Mar 25, 2008
Dr. Leithart wrote an article on Classical Education for ISI that was published in the Intercollegiate Review and discusses, among other things, the role of CiRCE and the book I co-authored with Dr. Veith. It's a very fine article that was summarized in the Dallas Morning News. Click on the latter link for a short version and the former for the full version.
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Andrew Kern Mar 24, 2008
Went to Martin Cothran's blog (Vere loqui) and saw a bunch of easter poems and then a link to Douglas Groothius web site, so I'm emboldened to give it a try. I'll post a poem I wrote. But you have to promise me to critcize it and make suggestions (to which I have the right to respond since I bear the responbility of the poem) because the only reason for posting this poem is to improve it:

Apostrophe to 2 Suns

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Andrew Kern Mar 24, 2008
Let me simplify: a poem consists of three elements to a greater degree than prose:
  • Music
  • Images
  • Something I haven't been able to name yet. Maybe I'll call it immediacy for lack of a better term.
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