Joy, Felicity, and Bliss to Perfected Happiness

Joy happened again this morning with this 6:30 a.m. email! This is from the mother of an aspiring young scholar. “Well, Eli has a new calling! Eli and I spoke out at the school board meeting last night in front of a room of at least 100. Eli was the star of the meeting, theContinue reading “Joy, Felicity, and Bliss to Perfected Happiness”

Point of View: A Teacher of the Arts Answers the Question “What is the Point?”

Guest post by Greg Blankenbehler After the moving premiere performance of his sublime oratorio Messiah it is said that a spectator came up to George Frederic Handel and congratulated him on providing “a wonderful new entertainment” for the English public. Maestro Handel soberly replied, “I should be sorry if I only entertained them. I wishContinue reading “Point of View: A Teacher of the Arts Answers the Question “What is the Point?””

Beauty Armed With Virtue Bows the Soul

Where can we find beauty? Beauty is captured in the idea to restore what has been hollowed out, emptied by the ugliness that is also a part of this mortal experience. Beauty is also a marriage of the intellectual and moral virtue. Beauty fights off barbarism, and with so much conflict, crime and debauchery aroundContinue reading “Beauty Armed With Virtue Bows the Soul”

The Power to Make a Different Choice

Winter gave way to spring these last few weeks. Blooms, buds, and blossoms are everywhere. What is nature showing and telling you? Change is here! What will this new season offer you? What is or will be your new normal? We have a family couplet that goes like this. “If you always do what youContinue reading “The Power to Make a Different Choice”

Refuge, Remembrance, and Renewal

This past week has provided disturbing footage of refugees fleeing and defending their homes in Ukraine. At the same time that these images floated in the periphery, I happened to note that our three academies are now approaching 5,000 refugees on the waitlist to enroll– with a current population of 4,000 scholars already inhabiting theContinue reading “Refuge, Remembrance, and Renewal”