Raw Reflections: Rereading The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings, Part 3: The Two Towers

This post is a continuation of my reflections from my fall reread of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.  An introduction to this series can be read in this post.  The other parts in this series can be found via the links below. Part 1:  The HobbitPart 2:  The Fellowship of the Ring … Continue reading Raw Reflections: Rereading The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings, Part 3: The Two Towers

Raw Reflections: Rereading The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings, Part 2: The Fellowship of the Ring

This post is a continuation of my reflections from my fall reread of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.  An introduction to this series can be read in this post.  The other parts in this series can be found via the links below. Part 1:  The HobbitPart 3: The Two Towers The Fellowship … Continue reading Raw Reflections: Rereading The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings, Part 2: The Fellowship of the Ring

Remembrance Day 2020: “We who have bowed ourselves to Time,” by Geoffrey Bache Smith

“We who have bowed ourselves to Time”Geoffrey Bache Smith We who have bowed ourselves to timeNow arm an uneventful rime     With panoply of flowers     Through the long summer hours… But now our fierce and warlike MuseDoth soft companionship refuse,     And we must mount and ride     Upon a steed untried… We who have led by gradual … Continue reading Remembrance Day 2020: “We who have bowed ourselves to Time,” by Geoffrey Bache Smith

Raw Reflections: Rereading The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings, Part 1: The Hobbit

Hello, my friends, This fall I have been re-treading the paths of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.  My brother is taking a Socratic discussion1 course on these works and I leapt at the opportunity to reread them.  As I finish each book, I will share with you the thoughts that come to … Continue reading Raw Reflections: Rereading The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings, Part 1: The Hobbit

A Love Story, or The Birth of My Perpetual Obsession with Language

I was but sixteen when I stepped into a virtual classroom headed by a tutor with more enthusiasm and vigor than my primarily-introverted self thought possible.  I had been given a book in a language I knew not and a language which, had I paused to consider, would not have been my first choice to … Continue reading A Love Story, or The Birth of My Perpetual Obsession with Language

The Renaissance Spirit: What It Is and Why I Pursue It

I have mentioned the Renaissance Spirit in a few places on this blog and thus feel an explanation is fitting. The Renaissance Spirit is an attitude.  An attitude of wonder.  An appreciation for old ideals.  An unfailing desire to learn.  It is a general excitement for life and an enthusiasm for discovery.  In short, it … Continue reading The Renaissance Spirit: What It Is and Why I Pursue It