day 190: in which I feel a little brainy

The other night my husband and I were talking about Castiglione, the Renaissance author whose life wrapped around the end of the 15th century, into the beginning of the 16th century.  Being that Geo did his PhD dissertation on renaissance writing and pedagogy, we sometimes like to talk about world views and trends during those times.  I think it is interesting to realize innovative thinking during various historical periods.

Castiglione was an Italian noble who spent time also as an ambassador for the Catholic church, and later as a writer.  He died young, at the age of 51 years, from the plague, sadly.  In his later years he wrote The Courtier, a book about the ideal renaissance gentleman, referring to his experience and his connections in that realm.  He made people think about their time, shining a mirror up to the current systems and philosophies. 

And, this is tender, he also wrote a series of imagined letters to himself from his wife who had died.  swoon

But the main thing that we talked about, and that spilled into our family time Monday night, was Castiglione's idea that a person living a spiritually-driven life would have a literal change of countenance.  That it made sense that the spirit and body were that united.  I don't believe that every single person, without fail, that is living right and feeling a closeness to spiritual things, will have a magical make-over.  We have flesh and bone that sometimes is disobedient with illness or other maladies; however, I believe it is entirely possible to see a physical change in someone's outer self once the inner self finds peace.  Good discussion from my kids on this, with my 13 yr-old standing his ground against me.  Invigorating stuff.


LisAway | February 24, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Oh my gosh, Kazz, I LOVE the makeover. WOW! I mean L O V E.

Neat stuff. I love when a discussion turns into FHE. Those are some of the best ones. And I agree that you can sometimes see that mighty change. That's the kind of makeover I need (you know how you can tell when you have things you need to work on or to be fully "converted" to. . .)

Stacy | February 24, 2010 at 9:26 AM

Wow, Kazzy, I love your blog's new look. Love it!

I've seen that kind of change in my husband over the past two years or so. It's amazing.

Kazzy | February 24, 2010 at 9:29 AM

Lisa- I hope you are well and baby S is happy and healthy and a good sleeper!

Stacy-- That is terrific about your husband. I love it!

Dona | February 24, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Oh to be a fly on the wall in the Burton's house! I would love to have been in on that discussion. How have I never heard of this writer? He sounds amazing.

Lara Neves | February 24, 2010 at 12:05 PM

Very cool stuff. And I've seen it enough in my observations of people to know it is absolutely true. And, unfortunately, it works the other way. I have recently watched my brother and his wife leave the church, leave the spirit and it shows in their faces. It really does.

Dedee | February 24, 2010 at 1:10 PM

This sounds like the kind of conversation that would have been had in my house growing up.

It happens now too, but my kids are young enough to get bored by it. They'll learn though!

Kimberly Vanderhorst | February 24, 2010 at 5:43 PM


I had someone at church recently comment on my "change of countenance" since coming home. And it's true. I'm happier and more spiritually grounded than I ever have been. I've given up some of my selfishness (some) and am feeling the love that comes from serving my family. It really can be visible to the eye.

Unknown | February 24, 2010 at 5:57 PM

Ditto to what everyone else has said. And the thing is, you can't fake countenance. No amount of makeup, laughter, or loud verbal assurances that you've never been happier can undo the image of a countenance 'drooping in sin'. And a person who is 'blameless before God' looks it!

Kazzy | February 24, 2010 at 10:56 PM

Well said, everyone. Thanks for weighing in.

Robin | February 24, 2010 at 11:44 PM

Snotty little 13-year old. ;)

Emma | February 25, 2010 at 7:34 AM

Wow you guys got deep!!!! good stuff.