As the year winds down

The endless cycle of idea and action, Endless invention, endless experiment,
Brings knowledge of motion, but not of stillness;
Knowledge of speech, but not of silence;
Knowledge of words, and ignorance of the Word.

(T.S. Eliot, Choruses from The Rock)

T.S. Eliot may not have approved of “endless experiment,” but it’s a good way to describe the things I’ve been working on over the past months (and that I’ve often forgotten to post about here). So here is a review of this year’s “cycle of idea and action.”

2021 wasn’t a good year to travel or speak anywhere in person, but I did have a couple of opportunities to connect with online groups, such as Cindy Rollins’ summer discipleship course. I was also asked to contribute an article about the Way of the Will to an upcoming issue of Common Place Quarterly.

Early in the year I published a new book about Charlotte Mason’s practices, Ideas Freely Sown. I’d been wanting to update Minds More Awake for a long time, and that’s on Amazon now too.

The Practical Plutarch was one of those “endless experiments,” like seeds you put into the ground with some trepidation–will they grow, or will the chipmunks get them? One of the book’s reviewers said that it gives Plutarch readers an extra rung on the ladder, showing them better how to do it themselves–and I’m quite happy with that.

I spent quite a bit of the summer working with the AO Advisory on putting the elementary poetry selections into book format. Canadians, watch for some new poetry on the AO website as well.

I’ve started publishing updated versions of the Plutarch Project volumes, and the first three are done. I was hoping to have Volume Four updated by now as well, but it’s been on the back burner while these other things happened. It should be available early in the new year.

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Finally, we’re hoping to make some updates to the website itself quite soon, including a new and improved contact box. I know it’s hard to squish comments and questions intojustafewcharacters, and I apologize for that.

Wishing all a good measure of silence, stillness, and the Word, among whatever cycle of idea and action you find yourselves.

A new kind of Plutarch book

For those not sure how to get started with Plutarch’s Lives, or for anyone wanting to get more out of them, I’ve put together The Practical Plutarch, a short book with some why-to’s and how-to’s. It also includes a six-lesson study for the Life of Eumenes, which I’m hoping will be good for beginners as well. Here’s the US Amazon link for the paperback version (with a look-inside feature); it’s also available for Kindle, and it should be listed on the international Amazon versions as well.