Philia and Patriotism by Kate Thomsen Gremillion

In Saint Petersburg in the 1860s a group of friends, the Могучая кучка (Moguchaya kuchka) which is roughly translated as “the Five” or “The Mighty Handful” met together for drink and discussion about Music and Philosophy not unlike The Inklings did with literature and poetry a generation later. These Russian composers all lived in St […]

Order and Beauty and Essential Presence in the Transformed Life by Kate Thomsen Gremillion

Johann Sebastian Bach lived from 1685 to 1750. He mastered order and that mastery has captivated generations of music lovers. When listening or performing Bach, order and beauty are easily perceived and felt, but what is not always apparent in our day is the rigor and obedience to the liturgical calendar, a calendar which orders […]

Stranded in Time: How the Metaphysical and Physical are Necessarily Linked by Kate Thomsen Gremillion

“A human being is a vessel that God has built for himself and filled with His inspiration so that his works are perfected in it” Hildegard von Bingen, O.S.B., the twelfth century mystic, theologian, poet, and composer/playwright lived so long ago that it warrants a timeline of sorts to see just how ahead of her […]

The Cognoscenti & the Apologetics of Curiosity by Kate Thomsen Gremillion

How Things You Wish to Know Are Accessible Through Curiosity and Community   One of the most delightful aspects of participating in Literary Life is the charm and fascination of its members. As I read through the posts and comments, I meet a range of characters from the beguiling and clever to the serious and searching. Much […]

Engaging With Art by Kate Thomsen Gremillion

“Art is a distinct and irreplaceable way of knowing the world because it alone unlike science or philosophy uses and engages the fullness of our humanity” ~Dana Gioia “But surely arrested development consists not in refusing to lose old things but in failing to add new things.” ~CS Lewis To grow ourselves in the art […]

Truth Above All Is Available by Kate Thomsen Gremillion

The most tangible expression of its availability is, of course, the Incarnation. But what on this earth connects us to that reality? After all, as Dallas Willard said, God is Spirit, or “unbodily personal power.” One of my favorite CS Lewis essays is a letter Lewis wrote to Owen Barfield in which he brilliantly unpacks […]