Weekend Reading


I haven’t yet seen the new film Darkest Hour, but have heard that it’s excellent.  You can get a sneak peak into the storyline with Hillsdale College’s Imprimis from last month, “Three Lessons of Statesmanship”.

In a day and age where the definition of the term “friend” has become synonymous with a follower on Facebook, I found this to be an interesting concept: “The Benefits of Cultivating Your Friendships Like Spaces”.


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The Safe Depository of Ultimate Powers


Thomas Jefferson by John Trumbull, 1788 (source)

“I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education.  This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.”

– Thomas Jefferson,
letter to William Charles Jarvis, 1820

The Object of a New Year


“The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year.  It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes.  Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions.  Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective.  Unless a man starts on the strange assumption that he has never existed before, it is quite certain that he will never exist afterward.  Unless a man be born again, he shall by no means enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.”

– G. K. Chesterton

Christmas 2017


“Man’s maker was made man
that He, Ruler of the stars,
might nurse at His mother’s breast;
that the Bread might hunger,
the Fountain thirst,
the Light sleep,
the Way be tired on its journey;
that Truth might be accused of false witnesses,
the Teacher be beaten with whips,
the Foundation be suspended on wood;
that Strength might grow weak;
that the Healer might be wounded;
that Life might die.”

– Augustine of Hippo,

Weekend Roundup


Want to know what Christmas was like “over there” during World War I?  As we celebrate this holiday season, let’s not forget our men and women in uniform who are away from their families during this time as they serve our nation.

Enjoy this flashmob from a few years ago!


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