Foreigners in a Familiar World: Reflections on the Middle School Summer Readings

Foreigners in a Familiar World: Reflections on the Middle School Summer Readings A Reflection by Professor Hannah Nelson 10/1/2018 I started out this school year, like all English teachers, discussing my students’ summer reading: Kipling’s The Jungle Book for sixth grade, and MacDonald’s Phantastes for seventh. Although I was already very familiar with both books, teaching […]


Classical Mathematics: Engendering a Love of Learning

Classical Mathematics: Engendering a Love of Learning A reflection by Sara Rico, Professor of Mathematics and Theology I was reading the Introduction to A Mathematician’s Apology, by the renowned mathematician G.H. Hardy, when I came across the following description of testing at the University of Cambridge in England: “It was an examination in which the […]


Prof. Martin Reflects Upon Nature

Prof. Rae Ann Martin Reflects Upon Nature & Praxis 9/4/2018 “In regards to Summer Praxis, I chose the naturalist approach, “seek out an inspiring view that you can return to often.” My husband and I had the privilege of visiting Argentina this summer. One of our destinations within the country was Iguazú Falls, which are […]


Prof. Benson Integrates Theology & Literature

Prof. Benson Integrates Theology & Literature Originally published on bensonian.wordpress.com. As I take up the question “Why bother with theology?” in the opening days of my course on theology, my friend and former student, Joey Jekel, recommended that I consider Scott Cairn’s poem, “And Why Theology?”, in his volume, Idiot Psalms (2014). My commentary will be interspersed […]


Rose Pikman & The Purpose of Summer

Rose Pikman & The Purpose of Summer 8/20/18 Rose Pikman is a senior at Cambridge and the Head of the Honor Council. Here she reflects upon the purpose of summer and the three practices she chose for Praxis. Summer. What is the purpose of summer? Every year we fight through the school year with only […]


Professor VanOpstal Rediscovers an Island

Professor VanOpstal Rediscovers an Island 8/17/18 “One of the great things about growing up is getting to inflict things from your childhood on your kids. They’re still young enough to be excited about it, fortunately. This summer, it was an island I’d grown up visiting from time to time. Islands are always worthwhile, but this […]


Jocelyn Segoviano & Praxis

Jocelyn Segoviano & Praxis 8/15/18 Jocelyn Segoviano, a junior and Prefect, reflects upon one of her summer Praxis practices. “This week I got to meditate on the importance of God’s creatures. Zoey, Charlie, Muffin, and Rocky were some of the few dogs that I enjoyed spending time with. These beautiful creatures helped me realize how […]


Ethan Baxter & Prayerful Praxis

Ethan Baxter & Prayerful Praxis 8/13/18 Head of Cambridge Ambassadors Ethan Baxter reflects upon his time with family this summer and the role of prayer. “My Summer Praxis was centered around supporting my family during a serious heart surgery while enjoying God‘s creation in the Northwest. It was important to me to encourage my cousin […]


Jasmine Jobe Prepares Food for Praxis

Jasmine Prepares Food for Praxis 8/8/18 Jasmine Jobe, a rising Senior and Head of the House of Constantine, reflects upon her experience preparing food as a part of Praxis. “Since I was a kid, I’ve always enjoyed the opportunity to help my mom in the kitchen. My mom has always encouraged me to try new […]


John Frank’s Take on Fasting

John Frank’s Take on Fasting 8/7/18 John Frank, a rising Junior and member of the Honor Council, reflects upon one of his summer practices. “The list of recommended leisure activities for this summer’s Praxis contained a strangely compelling suggestion: a day-long fast. I had wanted to do this very thing for a while, so I […]