In Trying To Avoid One Harm, You May Cause A Worse One

Aesop tells the following tale called “The Son and the Painted Lion.”  A fearful old man was worried about his robust son’s enthusiasm for hunting wild game.  He imagined that the son’s courage might go too far, and result in serious bodily injury or death.  So he did everything he could to shelter and sequester his son; yet his fears grew constantly, even reaching the point where he began to dream about possible disasters.

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Smoked Pork Neck Bones And Black Beans

I was in a grocery store the other day and saw a package of smoked pork neck bones.  I don’t recall ever eating them before; but they were enticing, and I had a good intuition on how they might be prepared.  Slow-cooked with spices and black beans, I thought, and they might evoke memories of Brazilian feijoada.  Now before you rap my knuckles, understand that I am not saying this is anything that approximates feijoada:  I know that the real thing requires multiple steps and is a very complicated dish.  I only say that this dish may evoke memories of that venerable Brazilian dish.  Decide for yourself.  In any case, this is a simple matter to prepare, is very inexpensive, and is undeniably delicious.

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You Will Be Judged (Podcast)

This is a crucial moment.  You will be judged by how you conduct yourself over the next few months.  As for philosophy, you want to talk the talk, but have you really internalized the messages of the philosophers?  We discuss shipwrecks in the ancient world, some lessons from the movie The Edge, and the crucial importance of maintaining a rigorous, disciplined schedule.  More than ever before, you have to be self-starter.  Your time is now.  You will not fail, because we will not permit you to fail.

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A Simple Dish With Pinto Beans And Chilies

I’m going to share an easy and satisfying recipe that I threw together yesterday.  It doesn’t have a name, and I didn’t get it from any recipe book.  I’ve been experimenting with this very useful Instant Pot pressure cooker lately, and thought readers might want to hear about this.  If you don’t have one of these, you should consider getting one.  Even if you don’t have one, you can make this recipe on the stove in a pot, although the preparation time will be longer.  It’s very easy, and you can substitute different ingredients, or add additional ingredients.  It’s all up to you.

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The Font Of Life And Leadership

How often do we really think about time, and our interactions with it?  We know that Augustine of Hippo, in his Confessions (XI.20), expended significant effort on the nature of time, and its effect on human affairs.  In his view it was not accurate to say, as we normally do, that the three “times” are past, present, and future.  The better way of understanding our perception of time, he says, is to observe that the three “varieties” of time co-existing in our souls are the following:

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Captain Adolf Von Schell On Leadership And Composure In Adversity (Podcast)

Captain Adolf Von Schell was an infantry officer in the German Army during the First World War.  In 1930 he gave a series of lectures on battle leadership to American officers at the Infantry School in Fort Benning, Georgia.  These presentations were later collected into a book called Battle Leadership.  In this podcast, I read a short selection from Capt. Von Schell’s book, and discuss its relevance for today.

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