Tag Archives: Michel de Montaigne

Quote for the Day: Montaigne on the difficulty of waking young children

Since my wife started a new job, neither she nor our daughter can enjoy the luxury of sleeping in as often as before. And because Wendy leaves for work before I do, the responsibility for making sure Sylvie is up, … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Sylvie Inez: A selection of photographs taken by little Ms. Sylvie; & Quote for the Day: Montaigne on the aim of parenting

In honor of my daughter’s 3rd birthday (which is today), I publish a selection of photographs she herself has taken over the past year. Sylvie very deliberately sets up frames; and for every dozen or so pictures she takes, she … Continue reading

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Quote for the Day: Montaigne on final tasks

I want death to find me planting my cabbages, but careless of death, and still less of my unfinished garden. – Michel de Montaigne from “That to Philosophize is to Learn to Die” in the Essays. Montaigne is mocking a man … Continue reading

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Montaigne in a Small Town

I accidentally left my much beloved cheap translation of Montaigne’s Essays on top of a Redbox that I was holding Sylvie up to so she could make her own selection (as she insists). The book nowhere had my name in it, … Continue reading

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Quote for the Day: Montaigne on living in the moment

When I walk alone in the beautiful orchard, if my thoughts have been dwelling on extraneous incidents for some part of the time, for some other part I bring them back to the walk, to the orchard, to the sweetness … Continue reading

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A Eulogy for Borders

When I heard the news that Borders bookstore is going out of business, the first thing that I thought of is Kanye West’s song “All of the Lights.” A new footnote is required for future generations. Public visitation/ We met … Continue reading

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