Monthly Archives: December 2020

C. S. Lewis on Democratic Education

Democratic Education “Democratic Education” is Lewis’s title for his “Notes on the Way” from Time and Tide, vol. XXV (29 April 1944), pp. 369-70 (I have it on an audible book, free if you are a member, ‘Education and History’, a collection of Lewis essays read by Ralph Cosham) “Democratic education, says Aristotle, ought to mean, not the […]

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Hirelings and Slaves

From the national anthem: And where is that band who so vauntingly swore, That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion A home and a Country should leave us no more? Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution. No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight or […]

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Christ’s Christmas Tree

Christmas is a time of stories, isn’t it? I never kept a stash of books to read on Independence Day, or Easter, or New Year’s, or for birthdays. But I had a lovely stash of Christmas books until this year. It disappeared, nobody knows where. I have decided that this means I can spend the […]

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Equality, C. S. Lewis

“When equality is treated not as a medicine or a safety-gadget, but as an ideal, we begin to breed that stunted and envious sort of mind which hates all superiority. That mind is the special disease of democracy, as cruelty and servility are the special diseases of privileged societies. It will kill us all if […]

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Mary Christmas, a holiday story

The store of rosy apples Mary Christmas By Carolyn S Bailey Illustrated by Arthur G Dove IT was a green day before Christmas at the Island The harbor reflected a sky as blue as any that ever shone above Italy the wonderful sky line of the great metropolis glowed and glinted with a luster that […]

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