Scott Postma

A blog about the Great Books, the Craft of Writing, and Human Flourishing.

Principle Over Policy

It was in the military that I first conceptualized organizational policy and understood its significance. Standing in formation on the patio deck of our barracks, we all held the same little blue ATO (Airmen Training Order) in front of our faces with our right hands, our left hands placed neatly […]

James Schall on the Significance of Education

Learning from Books In this sense, the beginning of wisdom is a small dose of humility, of our willingness to acknowledge how much was known and learned before we ourselves ever were. Consequently, if we are to confront the greatest minds we must do so in their books, to which […]

What is a Liberal Arts Education?

This fascinating interview with Philip Ryken and Jeffrey Davis by Ken Myers of Mars Hill Audio addresses the importance of a liberal arts education in the 21st century. It’s about 26 minutes long and definitely worth a listen if you’ve ever wondered what Classical Christian education is all about. I hope […]

How to Slay the Dragon of Classroom Anxiety

I’ve written about this before, but when I was in the second grade, my teacher kept a barf bag in her desk just for me. At the time, I didn’t realize there was an actual name for my experience, but if I was in a public elementary school today, I […]

Book Review: Thoughts on The Double Helix by J.D. Watson

The Double Helix is not a science book; rather, it is a literary book about scientists—a fascinating account of one of the most important discoveries of the 20th-century. Sir Lawrence Bragg advises the reader of this important fact in the Forward when he outlines what he believes are the three […]

Enrich the Well From Which You Draw Your Inspiration

Last week I began a discussion around the idea that if we want people to read and follow our work, it has to be interesting. I don’t mean interesting in the sense of cool, hip, or flashy. I mean intriguing and meaningful in a human sort of way. It concerns me […]

Three Tips to Writing Interesting Work that Actually Gets Read

If you want people to read and follow your work, you have to be able to write something interesting. And isn’t that what all of us writers want–to write interesting work? While there are a lot of us calling ourselves writers, how many of us are doing really interesting work. Those who […]