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Photography 01

Goal: to develop a portfolio of twelve sets of a dozen photos each, with topics to be chosen by the student Primary text: Photo Basics, by Joel Sartore Supplement:   Dignity, photo journalism by Chris Arnade  

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Shakespeare 01

Goal: memorize passages from three Shakespeare plays Midsummer Night’s Dream II.I.257-260 III.II.112-117 IV.I.214-226 I.I.1ff Twelfth Night I.V.266-280 I.I.1-8 I.II.1ff II.III.113-115 II.III.48-53 II.IV.118ff V.I.226ff Hamlet II.II.318-332 I.III.65-86 II.II.577ff III.I.64-76 Primary Text:  How to Teach your Children Shakespeare, by Ken Ludwig Supplement: … Continue reading

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Theo-Drama: The Action

From the preface to Hans Urs von Balthazar’s THEO-DRAMA, THEOLOGICAL DRAMATIC THEORY, VOLUME IV, THE ACTION We have prepared at considerable length for the “action” that is the subject of this volume. First, in the Prelegomena, we prepared the way … Continue reading

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In the Arena

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the … Continue reading

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Cambridge School Shakespeare

The Cambridge School Shakespeare series is useful for teaching and performing Shakespeare: “An active approach to classroom Shakespeare enables students to inhabit Shakespeare’s imaginative world in accessible and creative ways. Students are encouraged to share Shakespeare’s love of language, interest … Continue reading

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Several Faulkner Novels

The Library of America has five volumes of Faulkner’s works. The two I have in my booklist are: Novels 1930–1935, containing As I Lay Dying, Sanctuary, Light in August, Pylon Novels 1942–1954, containing Go Down, Moses, Intruder in the Dust, Requiem for a Nun, A Fable

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Feast Day: St Stephen the Martyr

A sermon of St Fulgentius of Ruspe The armour of love Yesterday we celebrated the birth in time of our eternal King. Today we celebrate the triumphant suffering of his soldier.   Yesterday our king, clothed in his robe of flesh, … Continue reading

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Morality and Politics

Dennis Prager wrote the following: The editor-in-chief of Christianity Today, Mark Galli, wrote an editorial calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. In my view, this editorial only serves to confirm one of the sadder realizations of my life: … Continue reading

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Victor Davis Hanson on Spygate, Impeachment, and Undoing the Progressive Agenda

Here’s a useful, wide ranging, hour long interview with Victor Davis Hanson  

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Dying and the Virtues

In the useful book “Dying and the Virtues”,  Matthew Levering writes: Underscoring the significance of dying, the Orthodox philosopher Nicholas Berdyaev comments that “a system of ethics which does not make death its central problem has no value and is … Continue reading

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The Hundredfold

In the introduction to his poem The Hundredfold, Anthony Esolen writes: I am a battered old soldier on bad knees, who knows that the hill must be charged and who knows of one or two ways it might be done. … Continue reading

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God in a Godless Time

From Leszek Kolakowski’s  essay  God in a Godless Time …. The world in which we live, however, is not a world of people who are fixed in satisfied and contented lives of belief or unbelief. It is much more an … Continue reading

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On Atheism

In a wonderful article from First Things entitled “God, Gods, and Fairies” , David Bentley Hart writes regarding atheism: It is the embrace of an infinite paradox: the universe understood as an “absolute contingency.” It may not amount to a … Continue reading

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The Unity of Scripture

From Patrick Reardon’s excellent book ‘Christ in the Psalms’ there is this reflection: In short, the principle of canonical unity — even if we limit our attention just to the Hebrew Bible, or even a section within that Bible — … Continue reading

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Catechism Class

My catechism class, while using standard curriculum, aims to listen to and help each student and will focus on three main questions. Who is God? Creator Father Incarnate ‘I Am’ What is the Church? Body of Christ Catholic Bride of … Continue reading

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About Autism

I love a good story, a book that maintains dramatic tension across several hundred pages. Recently I came across such a story in an unexpected place.I work with computers, networks and software systems; nevertheless I’d like to know more about … Continue reading

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A Painting

From this web posting. The Vocation of the Apostles is a fresco by the Italian Renaissance painter Domenico Ghirlandaio, executed in 1481–1482 and located in the Sistine Chapel, Rome. It depicts the Gospel narrative of Jesus Christ calling Peter and Andrew to become his disciples.

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How We Do Theology

Members of the Appalachian Riders for Our Lady are encouraged to introduce themselves as theologians. However, we are theologians in the unique style of our order with our work guided by, in addition to the basic character of our order, … Continue reading

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Commitment, Continuity, and Conversation

“I sing of the United States, diverse yet altogether, with roots back millennia to Israel, Rome, and Albion.” The particular spirituality of the Appalachian Riders For Our Lady is based on our three foundational principles of commitment, continuity and conversation … Continue reading

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