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What are Words Worth: Plato’s Crito

Imagine a friend you have had since childhood has been tried, convicted, and now will be executed for a crime he did not commit. Now imagine that you have the means for him to escape and can provide a safe... Continue Reading →

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Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Dante Version

The Divine Comedy, Dante wakes up lost in a dark woods. He has to take a terrifying and arduous journey - first through Inferno, then up Mount Purgatory and finally through the dizzying spheres of Paradise before he can finally... Continue Reading →

Dante’s Resolution Run

Dante for Christmas

When it comes to Christmas, I am silly.   Too many garish lights.  Too many inside jokes. Too many dioramas involving Socrates and snowmen.  I love Christmas and the broader holiday season unabashedly. But I also know that for many... Continue Reading →

Bearing a Burden: Dante Wants to Carry Your Bags

As much as Dante's Divine Comedy is about the power of romantic love (as it is for the sake of Beatrice that Dante is willing to go through all of the terror of Inferno and the arduous climb of Purgatory),... Continue Reading →

Falling Leaves and “Of Mice and Men”

Today all the leaves got undressed in our yard and expected me to pick up after them.  And let me tell you, it looked like those trees had invited their friends and relatives to do the same - a variable... Continue Reading →

The Sea Was Angry that Day: George Costanza as paraphrased by J.M.W. Turner and M. Ward

In an iconic Seinfeld episode, "The Marine Biologist," George Costanza becomes the unlikely salvation of a whale whose blowhole is obstructed by a golf ball. As George famously says, "The sea was angry that day, my friends - like an old... Continue Reading →

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