Feast of the Glorious Prophet Elijah
IT'S BEEN five years since I peddled Eighth Day books and culture at a Circe Conference. That was in Louisville, KY, back in 2012 when a tornado took the roof off the hotel that was hosting the conference. I was staying at another hotel where I only had to deal with a power outage. It was the first time I really experienced pitch black darkness in a large urban environment. And to be honest, it was actually kind of scary. But despite the storm-induced chaos that year, it was a still a great weekend.
So great in fact that I'm delighted to be back with this wonderful group of Christians who are so committed to classical education.
If you don't know about Circe, here's a bit from their website. Circe is an acronym for: a) Center for Independent Research on Classical Education" or b) Consulting and Integrated Resources for Classical Educators. They seek to "provide inspiration, information, and insight to classical educators throughout the U.S. and Canada via an annual conference, an online classical academy, in-house teacher training, Lost Tools of Writing Workshops, and materials, consulting on board development, school leadership, and school start-up, as well as a content-laden website and blog."
As usual, set up was a grueling process yesterday (and well into this morning). I've been keeping a chronological record of this trip, which I'll share on the Director's Desk next week to give you a glimpse into what a weekend road trip of peddling is like. I don't know how Warren Farha has done these gigs for so many years...when you see the chronology, you'll have a better idea (although a mere written account does no justice to the physical exertion required to load van - my eldest son Caleb had this privilege this trip - travel, unload van, transport 30-40 boxes of books to vendor site, unpack and sort books, display books, peddle for 2-3 days, tear down, re-load van, travel, and unload van into bookstore - thank God for Caleb...he'll have this privilege again upon return, as he has on many other trips - not to mention all the work involved in ordering, selecting, and packing the books Warren does before each trip).
It's been an excellent first day, thus far, with a wonderful opening reflection on the conference's them of "Memory" by founder and president Andrew Kern, and a delightful talk by Christine Perry, "Why, What, and How Poetry Remembers."
If you haven't ever attended a Circe Conference, please consider doing so next year.