The Cult of the Individual

"In our personal ambitions we are individualists. But in our seeking for economic and political progress as a nation, we all go up or else all go down as one people." ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt The world economy has shifted significantly over the last few hundred years, particularly in the West. As feudalism gave way …

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The Value of Apprenticeship

It is my great pleasure to announce that my brother-in-law and I completed our two year falconry apprenticeship yesterday! We couldn't have done it without the guidance and support of our sponsor, Buster Brown, the patience and stoicism of our trusty Red-tailed Hawks, Lexi and Heath, and the words of advice from many others in …

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The Purpose of Mankind

What would you say is the purpose of mankind? I had a fascinating conversation yesterday with a friend of mine about classical education, 18th and 19th century American history, the great pendulum upon which humanity seems to swing and finally, what we both do for a living and why. My friend, a classically trained equestrian …

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Uncorrupted Reason

I came across a remarkable collection of works produced by Thomas Cole, the English-born American artist who is credited with founding the Hudson River School. Cole possessed an uncommon ability to capture broad strokes of history in his landscapes. Cole aimed to produce a "higher style of landscape" imbued with romanticism and naturalism unparalleled in …

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Dead Symbols

I am reading a book recommended by a friend called "The Culture of Classicism", written by history professor Caroline Winterer. The author notes that the book "charts how Americans over the course of the 19th century fundamentally changed their relationship with classical antiquity, seeking in the remote past new guides for modern life." The late …

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The Almost Right Word

"The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter--it's the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning." ~ Mark Twain, Letter to George Bainton, 10/15/1888 So the reading of the Constitution was interesting, as much for what they left out as for the fact that they read it …

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