Affection for Paradise Lost

Our juniors are wandering the 17th century, drinking deeply from John Milton’s Paradise Lost. A couple of weeks ago, we were having a particularly good day. We had outlined the book’s tri-partite map on the whiteboard—Hell, Heaven, and Earth*—scrawled our theories about Milton’s vision of Satan, God, and Adam, and noted a few of his successes and failures, when one …

Blessed Are the Trees

All the attention on Psalm 1 this first quarter pushes my thoughts towards trees. I love trees. They are one of my first neighborhood prerequisites before choosing where to live. I lived in a treeless neighborhood once and it was terrible. To make up for it we basically moved into a forest with our next home purchase. We named the …

Passion & Paper Clips

Passion is always something I have wrestled with. As a creative person, I tend to be passionate about many, many things. And not just kind of passionate, more like the all-in, do-or-die type of passionate. While that has its benefits, it can also be a challenge when it comes to living a balanced life. At Trinity Classical School I have …

Dressed to See the King

Any student who has completed Kindergarten or 1st grade at Trinity would be able to tell you about poor, old Jonathan Bing. Here is what they would say: Jonathan Bing by Beatrice Curtis Brown Poor old Jonathan Bing Went out in his carriage to visit the King, But everyone pointed and said, “Look at that! Jonathan Bing has forgotten his …

Heavenly Language

Heading a school is fun, but I really love teaching. Dr. Lindsey Scholl and I dreamt up a creative writing course last year and I began to carve out a little section at the end of the day to teach it with her. She took the short story part of the job and I took poetry. Man, I love poetry. …

Consider the Birds of the Air

The feeder was hung by the window with care, with hope that the chickadees soon would be there. I watched and I waited to see what would descend. Maybe blackbirds, or finches, or sparrows on end. I took out my camera, and I waited and watched, with the focus well set and the lens clean of spots. When what to …

The Theatre

I’ve always loved going to see movies. The whole experience—from walking into the theatre to the lights dimming as the film starts—is just so enjoyable. The anticipation makes the process leading up to the actual movie just as fun. (Then again, it might just be the popcorn.) Whatever the case, I wanted to capture that feeling when I wrote this …

Peace Within

“How am I ever going to use this?” Older students may say things like this when struggling with an assignment in, say, Latin, math, or literature. The question can also come up when it’s time for athletic drills. At first we do our best to give sound reasons and encouragement. Last year in morning assembly, for example, Head of School, Neil Anderson, …

Commonplace Books

Why Commonplace? Have you ever noticed how it is difficult to remember and recount the books you read five years ago? What about those you read last year? Anytime we read a book without teaching, discussing, studying, or writing about it, we tend to forget much of what we read. It is sad to realize how many books we’ve read …

Anticipate. Expect. Trust.

By Todd Rapp, TCS Parent Is it worth the wait? If you are over 40 years old, you probably remember a Heinz ketchup commercial on TV that was all about anticipation. The company used the song “Anticipation” by Carly Simon to sell us on the idea that the slow flow of the ketchup out of the bottle was worth the wait …