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This has been a particularly trying month for me.  When facing challenges, my default is to analyze, examine, and strategize.  But thinking is not always helpful.  This statement is practical heresy in my line of training.  Gladly, I have had just enough exposure to the power of artistic expression to deny the charge. 

(Of course, there is a lot of thinking that occurs in artistic expression.  But it does not take center stage the entire time, and…I am overthinking this.)

Primacy of Belonging

That which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you to may have fellowship (koinonia) with us; and indeed our fellowship (koinonia) is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.

I John 1:3-4

Community

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity” [i]                                                                                  

Atmosphere: To Love and To Know Breathed In

Pervasiveness of Dominant Ideas.––Again, we are with the philosopher in his recognition of the force of an idea, and especially of those ideas which are, as we phrase it, in the air at any given moment. "Both the circle of the family and that of social intercourse are subjected to forces that are active in the entire social body, and that penetrate the entire atmosphere of human life in invisible channels. No one knows whence these currents, these ideas arise; but they are there.

The Right Use of the Right Books

How to use the Right Books.––So much for the right books; the right use of them is another matter. The children must enjoy the book. The ideas it holds must each make that sudden, delightful impact upon their minds, must cause that intellectual stir, which mark the inception of an idea. The teacher's part in this regard is to see and feel for himself, and then to rouse his pupils by an appreciative look or word; but to beware how he deadens the impression by a flood of talk.

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