Happy New Year!

As we wrap up the old year and welcome the new, I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you who have taken some of your valuable time to read and comment on this blog. I have had a great time posting here for the last five months and hope to continue this blog for a long time to come.

On December 31, 2000, my wife’s side of the family sealed time capsules containing memorabilia from that year along with predictions of where we would all be in 2010. We opened those up last night and had a great time reminiscing. In December 2000, my father- and mother-in-law had two grandchildren; now they have fourteen!

I have a great deal to be thankful for in so many areas of my life, and being reminded of where I was ten years ago really brought that home to me. In 2000 I had no Ph.D., no job, no children, and not much sense of my responsibilities as a husband and future father. My wife and I lived in a 400-square-foot apartment in a very unsafe neighborhood, and we were loaded with student debt. We were short on just about everything except faith, dreams, and determination. Today, in the providence of God, we have four children, and I have a challenging and fulfilling job that enables me to feed them.

I don’t know if your life has changed dramatically in the last ten years, but I hope that the next ten will bring you closer to the goals you have set for your life (assuming they are good ones!). I’d like to suggest that you make one of those goals a deeper rooting in the Western tradition. Study the Bible. Read the Great Books. And keep visiting this blog!

Happy New Year!

About Dr. J

I am Professor of Humanities at Faulkner University, where I chair the Department of Humanities and direct online M.A. and Ph.D. programs based on the Great Books of Western Civilization. I am also Associate Editor of the Journal of Faith and the Academy and a member of the faculty at Liberty Classroom.
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