Amanda Patchin

Amanda Patchin
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Amanda Patchin is an instructor at The Ambrose School, where she teaches Medieval History, Literature, and Philosophy to high school juniors. She reads a bit more than average and loves nothing more than conversation about a good book. Her love of the written word occasionally produces a poem or an article and her love of food often produces dinner.

Recent Essays

The Art of Living an Examined Life

If human beings flourish from their inner core rather than in the realm of impact and results, then the inner work of learning is fundamental to human happiness, as far from pointless wheel spinning as are the forms of tenderness we owe our children or grandchildren.

Better to Have Loved and Lost: A Review of Peter Wohlleben’s The Inner Life of Animals

If I can value the inner lives and the outer well-being of animals and plants and rocks and stars, because I can see the inherent beauty and goodness that something simply is, then I can be trusted with believing myself of higher status than animals.

Consider the Forest: A Review of Peter Wohlleben’s The Hidden Life of Trees

If a human timescale—privileging our experience and our hopes—is insufficient to understand the forest, then maybe we will be provoked to reconsider both the human and forestal timescale.

An Artistic Ecosystem: A Review of Makoto Fujimura’s Culture Care

If truth, beauty, and goodness are truly and mystically related, beauty really is dangerous—but only to evil. Reading Culture Care, and contemplating Makoto Fujimura’s art, I can believe it.

Noticing Birds

We don’t have to escape to a new and better location with more perfect neighbors. We need to lovingly attend to the ones we have.

Language and Power

"We wade through a torrent of words and images every day, and yet we mostly lack a clear understanding of what language is and can be for the human..."

The Pleasures of a Liturgical Calendar of Reading

The day after Thanksgiving yields a joy of three parts. The first joy is that of an introvert newly restored to peace and quiet...