First Love

In today’s retreat conference, Br. Monday is about to learn two valuable lessons… When I was five years old, my brother and I burned our garage down. It was a big accident. In the small town where I grew up, in north Idaho, the fire department was volunteer. This meant that a loud siren had … More First Love

The Great Fires Taught Me How to Love

Jack Gilbert’s book of poems, The Great Fires, is a meditation on the ten years after the death of his beloved wife, Michiko Nogami. The poems are stark and lyrical, portraying grief against the minimalist landscape of Pittsburgh and rural Greece. In a confessional style, Gilbert speaks personally to the reader with little to no narrator in … More The Great Fires Taught Me How to Love

She Lifted Up Her Head and Brought Down the Rain: Learning from Scholastica

Yesterday was Scholastica’s feast day. The little that we know about her comes from a delightful short narrative in Gregory’s Dialogues: [Benedict’s] sister, named Scholastica, was dedicated from her infancy to our Lord. Once a year she came to visit her brother. The man of God went to her not far from the gate of … More She Lifted Up Her Head and Brought Down the Rain: Learning from Scholastica

Review: A Primer for Philosophy and Education

One of the greatest things about reading living philosophers is that they are continually interacting with the world. There’s nothing new from Plato, only a new platonic reading. Kant is gone and will now be perpetually late for his daily walk. But living philosophers can still respond to the dialogue started by their work. Recently, … More Review: A Primer for Philosophy and Education

The Hidden Pedagogy

Every day, I work with writers on thinking about their audience. Who do you want to talk to? What do you want them to take away from your writing? How do you want them to feel? Audience awareness is something I think about perhaps too much. But there is one place where I haven’t consciously … More The Hidden Pedagogy