Tag Archives: Stoicism

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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Competing Quotes for the Day: Sam Harris contra the Avett Brothers on holding our children

Take an experience like carrying your child. You pick your child up hundreds of times a day, it seems. At a certain time, your child is going to get too heavy to pick up. At a certain point you will … 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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A Song for Sunday: “The Once and Future Carpenter”

Did I mention that the music of the Avett Brothers tends to have strong Stoic themes? They have a new song they recently performed on a CMT Unplugged session. Money quote: If I live the life I’m given, I won’t … Continue reading

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A Love Song for Monday: “When the Deal Goes Down”

I like this song a whole lot. It’s even one of my favorite songs to sing. I enjoy unwinding in the evening by playing it to myself on the piano. I like it because besides for being a sincere and … Continue reading

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The Stoic’s Songbook

I’ve been vaguely aware for a long time that I need to know more about Stoic philosophy. I recently came across a review of A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B. Irvine and … Continue reading

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