Posted in Education, tradition on June 7, 2009 |
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I was both surprised and delighted recently when Shari told me that she would like to start giving the kids a classical education next year. Shari has a master’s degree in education and has been homeschooling our kids for the last year (yes, in a camper for the last couple months).
I had read about traditional education in some of the books I had read in the not too distant past (“How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization” for one). It had interested me, but I had not realized that such a classical education was feasible today or that Shari would even consider such a thing. It turns out that there is a movement attempting to resurrect the classical methods. These methods include the study of Latin, grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric as core subject areas.
What astounds me is that while I started this blog to talk about food traditions, it has expanded to include much more. It seems that this culture has consistently sought to strip the nourishing elements not just from our diet, but from every part of our lives. This tendency comes from a lack of humility and a complete disrespect for the giants upon whose shoulders we stand.
The path that began as a search for a healthy diet has turned into a life’s journey for me. As I began to understand tradition more and more it began to seep into other parts of my life. It moved me to study my Christain faith and depart protestantism for the rich and nourishing tradition of Catholicism and Orthodoxy. It is now moving my family to leave behind the broken system of education we have today in favor the traditions of our past.
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Posted in Uncategorized on June 1, 2009 |
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It has been many moons since I last posted. It will probably be a few more before I get back to serious posting on this blog.
I took a job in Denver, CO at the Rocky Mountain News in September of 2008. As you may know, the Rocky was closed by the parent company E.W.Scripps because it was losing them millions of dollars. It has been quite a ride since.
While in Denver area we lived in a rather small basement apartment while hunting for housing. Fortunately we never purchased a home and weren’t trapped there. We had been unable to sell our Michigan home because of the dreadful housing market there and kept postponing a purchase hoping it would sell.
I put out feelers for jobs in the area, but I ended up taking a position at the Naples Daily News in Naples, FL. We are now living in an RV park and have been for the last 2 months while shopping for a home. We made an offer on a home and it is now under contract. We should be living in it in 30-60 days.
That said, it has been very difficult to do anything creative at all in the cooking department. In our basement apartment we had no oven (we made do with a toaster oven) and in our camper space is so constricted that we basically live on burgers, hotdogs, spaghetti (brown rice of course), and simple foods.
In addition to all that, as I mentioned earlier last year, I decided to more deeply investigate traditional Christianity. That study has taken a front seat and put innovative cooking in the back seat for a while. At this point I will just say that while I have not chosen a final destination in Orthodoxy or Catholicism, I have left protestantism behind. My understanding of the problems with the ancient church were based in ignorance. Most people who criticize the church don’t really understand what it teaches.
Many of you may have been wondering what happened to me. That is the short version. I do plan to go back to more regular posting sometime after life settles down.
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