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How to be Good: Plato and the Purpose of The Laws

Sometimes my dog Tim does things that he shouldn't.  Like the time he ate the right shoe of two different pairs. Or when he jumped up and broke the ceiling fan. Or when, just prior to Thanksgiving dinner, he lunged... Continue Reading →

The Problem with Alternative Facts: Plato’s Alcibiades

The image we get from Plato's dialogues of his teacher, Socrates, is strange and often startling. He wanders around Athens speaking to everyone, bothering most people, rarely taking the hint. He is generally barefoot and goes without bathing such that... Continue Reading →

On Forgiveness and Letting Go: T.S. Eliot’s “Little Gidding”

I have a terrible memory for some things.  I can watch whole movies without remembering that I have already seen them. I don't remember the names of causal acquaintances, and lots of times I can't remember the names of my immediate... 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 →

Dreaming With Dante

It is a well known fact that I am not a morning person. Waking up is bad; being woken up is evil - which is to say, it makes me evil.  This is not an exaggeration.  I no longer will... Continue Reading →

Tim: BFFs and the Philosopher King

Today while I was cleaning up the rest of the leaves in advance of a predicted snow squall, Tim decided that we were actually playing a game - a delightful game that involved him launching his 113 pounds at my... 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 →

About Love: David Adams Richards, Infinity and Eternity

  In a terribly sad song, Blake's View, M. Ward speaks about comforting someone who has "lost their one and only." Ward's consolation, that "death is just a door, you'll be reunited on the other side," is sung in such... Continue Reading →

Smelly Dogs and Lost Highways

Before there was glorious Tim, there was sweet Jake.  Jake wasn't as big as Tim or as goofy, but he persevered- training with me for marathons, fighting off two pit bulls and then two German shepherds, even surviving the attack... Continue Reading →

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