Please Block the Way: Campaigning Against Courtesy

Japanese rail commuters ride train station escalators the way you might expect: those who are in no hurry stand to the right, leaving a ‘passing lane’ for those who walk or run up or down the escalator.… [more]

Please Block the Way: Campaigning Against Courtesy Please Block the Way: Campaigning Against Courtesy

Why I Won’t Participate in the Ice-Bucket Challenge

Holland, MI I can’t say I’m overly conversant with the history of charitable giving in America, but I can’t recall something taking off quite like this “ice bucket challenge.” In the unlikely… [more]

Why I Won’t Participate in the Ice-Bucket Challenge Why I Won't Participate in the Ice-Bucket Challenge

The Demise of Virtue in Virtual America (Front Porch Republic Books)

Entrance:Virtual America’s Convention Hall                                                     Demise—1) the conveyance of an estate 2) transfer                                             … [more]

The Demise of Virtue in Virtual America (Front Porch Republic Books) The Demise of Virtue in Virtual America (Front Porch Republic Books)
decaying_wood Mostly they promise the truth about a rapture that isn’t in the cards.
no-limits Holland, MI Over at the Postmodern Conservative, Peter Lawler has been writing quite a bit about Robin Williams, and specifically the movie Dead Poets Society (which, Peter and I agree, isn’t that good a movie). In this context Lawler has turned…
Billy and Ruth at WC Hillsdale, Michigan. Readers may recall the dustup earlier in the summer when Peter Conn prompted pious gasps for suggesting that institutions like Wheaton College (the evangelical one) should not be accredited. His reasoning was based in part on the belief…
Hillsdale_County_Courthouse Hillsdale, Michigan. Three years ago or so when the missus and I moved to Michigan from Philadelphia, we wondered how we would manage. Not only is the state’s economy at a crawl, but to go from a big east coast…
article-new-thumbnail-ehow-images-a07-ja-6l-use-fence-tbar-clips-800x800 It’s a total ab workout I could hock and get rich off of.
tobacco [Cross-posted to In Medias Res] From 2003 to 2005, we lived in Craighead County, Arkansas, while I taught at Arkansas State University. Craighead was a dry county, having voted many years ago to prohibit the sale of alcohol in its…
Hour Glass Wallpapers 1 Why try bringing back the hour of splendor in the grass?
Lancaster_Gate_tube This summer I moved to a new neighborhood that happens to be much nearer the freeway that divides my city. My  house is less than a mile from an on-ramp, though you wouldn’t guess it in this quiet and wooded…
life of the miss In “Life on the Mississippi,” Mark Twain recounts his earnest desire to become a Mississippi steamboat pilot, and his struggles to master the pilot’s craft—a craft that demanded technical knowledge of steamboat operation and detailed recall of the constantly changing…
malthus Anyone who’s had the good fortune to spend time reading Christopher Lasch might be able to identify with the specific experience of risable joy I feel when putting myself in his presence.  For me, the joy is found in a…