Andrew Kern Mar 24, 2008
It can be a great deal easier with an accomplice. For one thing, all good poems have things you will miss the first time or the first ten times you read them. That's why the poet wrote a poem and not prose.
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Andrew Kern Mar 23, 2008
Our word poem comes from the Greek word Poios, which is the word used in the Septuagent version of Genesis 1 and in the Greek version of the Nicene Creed for what God did to the heavens and the earth. It means to make.  When an artist makes anything, he has an idea in his mind that can only be finally formed when he is finished embodying it in print, sculpture, music, painting, or some other medium. The idea is the logos. The act of creation is the incarnation of that particular logos.
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Andrew Kern Mar 16, 2008
Behold the marvels of the cosmos, the wondrous beauty of the stars, the awesome complexity of life in its marvelous diversity and adaptability, the world-creating power of the elements and atoms, the inexplicable forces of gravity, the stronger and weaker atomic forces, etc. etc.  I'm not sure why. Enlightenment science approaches the cosmos the way the Godfather approaches relationships: "It's nothing personal; It's just business."
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Andrew Kern Mar 16, 2008
Responding to the Eliot Spitzer tragedy, my cyber friend Bill Gnade reposted a brave and sensitive blog entry from a couple years ago. Take a look at this call to men to honor women. I can't help but feel that a just apprehension of the honor due to the mother of God would sing a song our souls need to hear.
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Andrew Kern Mar 15, 2008
If you have any good religious jokes that I can despoil at the conference this summer, please let me know them. Here's a link to one I've used in various contexts that is absolutely hysterical: The Best Religious Joke Ever  Maybe we should have a workshop on whether it's OK to tell other people's jokes in public. That might not be very funny though.
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Andrew Kern Mar 13, 2008
Consider. Which rivers flow wider: those that cut deeply into the ground or those that ease over the surface?  What does that say about the argument between breadth and depth in education?
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Andrew Kern Mar 11, 2008
You are the first to know that Dr. Peter Sampo, founder of Thomas More College in New Hampshire, has agreed to accept the Paideia Prize at this summer's CiRCE conference. I'm anxious to learn more about Dr. Sampo and his work, but I can tell you already that he laboured for years in an extremely difficult vineyard to bring St. Thomas More College to life and fruition. He retired from the Presidency about two years ago and Dr. Jeffrey Nelson, formerly of ISI, is now carrying on the work.
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Andrew Kern Mar 10, 2008
"We shape our buildings; then they shape us."  Winston Churchill I thank John Heaton of New Covenant Schools of Lynchburg for that quotation
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Andrew Kern Mar 7, 2008
Guess who said this (first to guess gets a free autographed copy of Classical Education, The Movement Sweeping America, by Dr. Gene Edward Veith and Andrew Kern (I'm the second guy and I'm the only autography you'll get)):
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Andrew Kern Mar 7, 2008
Click here to learn more and sign a petition, but a California appellate court judge is trying to re-engineer society by threatening the liberties of home schoolers. It was Rousseau who argued that man is everywhere born free, but everywhere he is in chains. It was also Rousseau who built on that premise a philosophical defense for tyrannical government. Yet another court is attacking our freedoms.
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