About Kate Deddens

Kate Deddens attended International Baccalaureate schools in Iran, India, and East Africa, and received a BA in the Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland and a MA in Mental Health therapy from Western Kentucky University. She married her college sweetheart and fellow St. John’s graduate, Ted, and for nearly three decades they have nurtured each other, a family, a home school, and a home-based business. They have four children and have home-educated classically for over twenty years.

Forces of Nature: Reflections on COVID-19, My Mother, and Life

By |2020-03-23T14:42:19-05:00March 23rd, 2020|Categories: Community, Coronavirus, Culture, Nature, Wisdom|

If you’re feeling threatened by disease, I want you to know that many people the world over have felt that way for many centuries and they nonetheless held fast, carried on as best they were able, and rejoiced whenever they could. So, here’s what I think of the current COVID-19 situation: Be mentally, emotionally, and [...]

The Point of the Circle: A St. John’s Education

By |2017-05-05T13:44:39-05:00April 30th, 2017|Categories: Great Books, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, St. John's College, Timeless Essays|

At St. John’s I learned how to struggle with fate—before I was even capable of truly grasping what fate might possibly be—as I viewed what it meant to be human through the eyes of war-like Achilleus and as I wandered with crafty Odysseus, searching for my own city… On s’est trompé lorsqu’on a cru que [...]

Caterpillar Destinations: A Defense of Classical Education

By |2019-04-11T10:35:28-05:00August 2nd, 2016|Categories: Classical Education, Education, Featured, T.S. Eliot|

Unreal City, Under the brown fog of a winter dawn, A crowd flowed over London Bridge, so many, I had not thought death had undone so many. —The Wasteland by T.S. Eliot I moved frequently in the later years of my childhood—not just from town to town, state to state, or country to country, but from [...]

The Point of the Circle: A St. John’s Education

By |2014-02-06T08:30:38-06:00January 5th, 2014|Categories: Education, Great Books, St. John's College|Tags: |

On s’est trompé lorsqu’on a cru que l’esprit et le jugement étaient deux choses différentes: le jugement n’est que la grandeur de la lumière de l’esprit; cette lumière pénètre le fond des choses, elle y remarque tout ce qui’il faut remarquer, et aperçoit celles qui semblent imperceptibles… We are deceived if we think that mind [...]

Why Study Mathematics? It Is the Language of Creation

By |2018-10-11T17:30:17-05:00August 3rd, 2013|Categories: Liberal Learning, Mathematics|Tags: |

Mathematics: Is God Silent? by James Nickel Mathematics: Is God Silent? answers the question posed in its title with a resounding “No! God is by no means silent!” As we are told in Romans 1:20, God is manifestly visible in His creation: “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine [...]

Falling into Feudalism

By |2014-02-18T14:29:49-06:00September 4th, 2012|Categories: Politics|Tags: , |

Understandably, these days there is a great deal of political analysis swirling around. This morning, I read Pat Buchanan’s article, “Obama’s America – And Ours.” I was struck by this statement: From Jamestown in 1607 to Yorktown in 1781, there was no federal government. There was no United States. Yet generations of colonists had built forts, cleared [...]

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