1 month, 22 days ago

Get up and dance!

Maria Popova’s Brainpickings is one of the great joys of the Internet, so it seems churlish to quibble with something that appears there. But I’m going to, because I think the subject matters and never more than now. One of the pieces from this week highlights Josef Pieper’s paean to the music of Bach. Now I […]

9 months, 7 days ago

Ordinary Things

One of the side effects of illness and injury (in my case a slipped disk) can be that your world becomes smaller. You don’t travel for your work. Your chance of being somewhere new is small. You move more slowly and aren’t up to long trips. It’s not feasible to go to all those special places, where […]

1 year, 5 months ago

A few thoughts on (re)enchantment

Several people reacted to my last blog with the reasonable question of how we can maintain/retain the sensation of enchantment on the bleak, depressing days when everything seems to be wrong with the world (or at least our own bit of it). I have no easy answer to this (if there were one, it probably […]