Archive for May 2013

Place Isn’t Just Geographical

Rod Dreher’s new book, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, seems to have struck a chord among both sympathizers and critics of Wendell Berry.  Ross Douthat, Alan Jacobs, Jake Meador, Peter Lawler, FPR’s Mark Mitchell and Russell Arben Fox, and...

The Limits of Place

Hidden Springs, VA. Recently Ross Douthat commented on Rod Dreher’s new book in a column devoted to the rising incidence of suicide and the problem of loneliness. In a follow-up blog entry, Ross continued his reflections on Rod’s book and t...

The Coiled Hose

I spent the last eight months working on a dairy farm, and every morning after finishing milking and cleaning the stanchions, I would coil up the hoses in the corner of the dairy barn. This was a simple task and a strangely pleasurable one....

Gatsby for the Millennials

Berwyn, PA.  I was a little surprised, not too long ago, to hear a student mention that The Great Gatsby was her favorite book.  “Because it is the only book you have read,” flashed through my mind, before I could shut up the re...

Life Under Compulsion: Noise

The child’s language is melodious.  The words hide and protect themselves in the melody – the words that have come shyly out of the silence.  They almost disappear again in the silence.  There is more melody than content in the words of the...

On Not Knowing Nothing: Mastery and Expertise

I belong to a guild. As such, I’m recognized by its practitioners as a peer, a fellow, even, like them, a master. By this I do not mean anything remotely self-aggrandizing, not  suggesting I am an exemplar or even a particularly gifte...

Louisville’s Food Broker

Why is Louisville’s unique Farm to Table program not being copied in other cities?  Here’s a national story you can pass along to your mayor, about Louisville’s matchmaker for food, Sarah Fritschner, whom I’ve writte...