Overwhelming Joy: Ebenezer Scrooge in Stave Five

By |2018-12-18T03:56:32-05:00December 30th, 2014|Categories: Christmas, Happiness|Tags: |

Overwhelmed is a one-word description of Ebenezer Scrooge in Stave Five. What overcomes Scrooge when he wakes up is joy, and later the virtue of cheerfulness. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines cheerfulness as “a mood characterized by high spirits and amusement and often accompanied by laughter.” St. Josemaria Escriva in his book, The Forge, states that [...]

Poetry: Donald Davidson’s “Aunt Maria and the Gourds”

By |2014-01-23T12:55:33-05:00April 8th, 2012|Categories: Donald Davidson, John Crowe Ransom, Literature, M. E. Bradford, Moral Imagination|Tags: |

While studying at the University of Dallas in the early ’90’s, I was taught and influenced by a few notable professors, such as Janet Smith, Frederick Wilhelmsen, Wayne Ambler, Leo Paul de Alvarez, along with a few others. Following Prof. Wilhelmsen after many class lectures back to his office or at least to the university mall, [...]