The Price of Friendship

By Avellina Balestri, Originally published July 7, 2015 Word Count: 432 Rating: G Summary: A price of friendship and the boundaries of love   What price can be put On a friendship? None! Not the measured sum Of life itself. Friends are part Of one’s own self, A fragment Of the greater web That weaves […]

Departure

By Linda Fay

Word Count: 300

Rating: G

Summary: A poem of facing the unknown.

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Image Credit: fanpop.com/clubs/palm-trees/images/39287597/title/palm-trees-on-island-photo

Come swimming, my darling, my lonely-eyed one,
Come swimming, our journey is hardly begun.
This dark-pebbled shore brings us down to the sea
But we must decide now to linger or leave. Read more about Departure

Little Swift

By Ruth Asch Word Count: 4556 Rating: PG (Discussion of euthanasia) Summary: A fairy tale of freedom and life. If you happen to pass along a country road in a land far away, at that time when the blue of a day is sucked up into the unknown, leaving sky beneath blanched and luminescent, you […]

“Stand, Men of the West!”

“STAND, MEN OF THE WEST!”

By Matthew Scarince (alias The Hapsburg Restorationist)

Word Count: 710

Summary: An analysis of Lord of the Rings as it reflects Medieval chivalry.

Previously published on: June 11, 2016

Image credit: Jay Johnstone

“I bow not yet before the Iron Crown,
nor cast my own small golden sceptre down”

     The Lord of the Rings, and indeed the whole Lengendarium of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien is among the greatest influences on my overall worldview. This “story… cast in terms of a good side, and a bad side, beauty against ruthless ugliness, tyranny against kingship, moderated freedom with consent against compulsion that has long lost any object save mere power…” seems to have an almost universal appeal, it touches something deep in the soul of mankind, that there is Good, and yet there is Evil,  dark, powerful, and yet beyond all hope Good triumphs. However, for myself the enchantment of these myths and fictional histories is their deep connection with the increasingly forgotten histories and legends of my own Western Civilization.

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Non Draco Sit Mihi Dux

By Lawrence Hall Word Count: 111 Rating: G Summary: A poem about resisting Temptation That wicked liar offers us a poisoned cup In whose sheeny surface we see ourselves Reflected in his cold imaginings And not our own, in what we ought to be There is another Cup for us, not this one Just as […]

Lonely Places

By Rachel Lianna

Word Count: 389

Rating: G

Summary: A short reflection about finding peace in quiet spots.

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Image Credit: pxhere.com/no/photo/1176061

I stood in the center of the room, closed my eyes, and breathed deep of the dusty smell. The room was empty, but the walls remembered, and I wondered about the lives that had passed this way, just as I wondered what would become of my own life, the thoughts and aspirations and passions of my soul. I opened the door that shut my anger in, and let the emptiness empty me. There is a strengthening, bracing solace in the memories of a lonely place, and how it breathes still upon the moving world. Read more about Lonely Places

A Witch and Equality

By Sarah Levesque Word Count: 624 Rating: PG (For some controversial content) Summary: Sarah uses Monty Python to discuss equality. If I want to laugh, there’s a good chance I’ll listen to the soundtrack of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. One of my favorite tracks/skits is “A Witch”. I suggest you listen to it […]

A Day in the Homeschooler’s Life: I’m Gonna Call it Home

Clare Therese Originally published: August 3, 2014 (841) Summary: Clare Therese discusses what “home” in the frame of the Eucharist. “I’ve been searching for a place of my own now I’ve found it maybe this is home yeah, this is home. . .” Good music. To be more specific, Switchfoot music. It’s amazing how, even […]