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I thoroughly enjoyed creating this new offering for our regional home educators.
Please holler if you’d like a copy of the handout that accompanied “Home Schooling to Rock the World.”
I re-recorded it as the presentation recording had some problems:
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I state it publicly here, so that I’ll be able to prove my son Joshua and I thought it up if someone else writes a book about it: We think the zombies and vampires in movies express fears that are prevalent in the cultural sub-conscious: ‘fear of the unwashed masses,’ and ‘fear of the elite’.
Doesn’t it make sense that the general (i.e. non-Catholic) public would have inarticulate fears, as ever was, of all things remotely Catholic? And what’s more ‘Catholic’ than poor, breeding, unstoppable masses of superstitious people who threaten the Hygenic, Good People? Or, what’s more ‘Catholic’ than vaguely European (i.e. sexy) eternal, blood-swilling, castle-dwelling guys in black with aristocratic pretensions and the desire to get everyone into their power?
Just sayin’…. 🙂
“The truth is that when people are…really wild with freedom and invention, they always must, and they always do, create institutions.” G. K. Chesterton
I love this quote, and include it in the first Manifest (news and literary journal of Epiphany…a liberative arts university), because the question came up at a faculty meeting.
“Epiphany had hardly existed an hour before new institutions were springing up on the campus: Epiphany Press, the Blessed Order of Elizabeths, Incipe – a foundation dedicated to the beginning of good works, Euphonium – Epiphany’s chorale, and Manifest – its news and literary journal.” For myself, this story had hardly existed a week before I created the Joy Foundation. What I saw through fiction helped me to understand why free men always create institutions. [Read more…]
Update: Since this was first posted, I’ve learned that cancer researchers are learning to spot cancer earlier. Guess how?? By looking for knots! Characteristic tumor vasculature is tangled and knotted, as opposed to the lovely network of blood vessels that supply non-cancerous organs.
Don’t waste the food! Don’t waste the oil pastels and the good watercolors! Don’t waste the expensive fabric, the nice paper, the good wine! Above all, don’t waste time playing, chatting resting! Have you ever thought about the paradox of forming the highest things?
To learn to turn ideas into works of art, we must indulge a bit – not recklessly, but with some daring – in wasting art supplies. Give a kid the kind of art supplies you don’t care if he wastes, and I’ll bet they’re also not satisfying to use, either. Interest will wane. To learn to cook, we need to take some risks with foods.
No skill at words is acquired without long practice tossing away and rewriting ‘wasted’ words. No friendship is strengthened without great ‘waste’ of time together. No love is proved by other than life poured out in service. To turn feasts into practice for the Eucharist, we need to taste the finest wine (Note: the ‘finest wine’ I’ve ever been able to afford cost $26 a bottle, but it’s the thought that counts, and paisano is great for most meals. As fans of Rumpole, we call ours ‘Chateau Kaw Embankment’!)
We must learn to value and to give what is of highest value. There’s the paradox. Only a child can give, or use up, or waste with complete abandon, and only an adult can rightly value things. It is the work of growing up to become able to bear the tension of doing both. To give without knowing the value does nothing to honor the recipient, and to value without giving communicates no actual good.
A priest once counseled that if time is our greatest asset, the best gift we can give Him is to waste it. Since I write and speak about Holy Leisure, this was great reinforcement! Sabbath rest is all about learning to be, to be acted upon, to be whole and offer that wholeness to Christ. It can be very, very hard in our goal-oriented, product-producing, efficiency-loving culture to let go and give God some simple leisure time. Even our Christian culture tends toward purpose-driven lives and accomplishing great things for God.
I hope you’ll learn to waste boldly where the great thing being accomplished is YOU!