Archive for July 2013

I Would Not, Could Not, With a Cat

I’ve recently written about the travails of the UCC in Canada. From Rod Dreher’s blog comes this video of a service down the street from Kilsyth in the city of Guelph. I’d say the Anglican Church is about done for: http://...

Everywhere at Once, Nowhere at All

“Right now, the main thing I’m taking from this conference is that PowerPoint is destroying the educational process.” The conference, organized around the theme of “Technology and Human Flourishing,” was held under the aegis of Baylor Unive...

Chicken Palace and Too Many Roosters

Hidden Springs Lane. This spring we got chickens. In preparation for the arrival of the chicks, a coop needed to be built. Being the frugal sort (some mistake that virtue for a vice), I wanted to make the coop for as little money as possibl...

The New Warrior Cop

Here’s a piece in the WSJ describing the evolution of police tactics and equipment that has resulted in a blurring of lines between policeman and soldier. Excerpt: On Jan. 4 of last year, a local narcotics strike force conducted a rai...

The Big Firm

My oldest daughter recently graduated from college, where she has long considered a career in law. I have (at least) two persons I know well who have pursued legal careers: one a long-time friend dating back to college days, and the other m...

The Fate of the Rural Church?

Kilsyth, Ontario  Darryl Hart wrote some time ago about the unwillingness of mainline Protestants to serve in rural churches. Employing Wendell Berry, Hart wrote: In his essay, “God and Country,” Berry complains rightly that American denomi...

Commons Sense

Jay Walljasper–citizen of Minneapolis, former editor of Utne Reader, and among America’s most insightful and humane observers of urban places–is sharing via free e-book his latest, How to Design Our World for Happiness: A ...

What Would It Mean to Be a Catholic Writer?

Berwyn, PA.  Randy Boyagoda, my old neighbor from the Catholic ghetto that grew up around the Studebaker mansion in South Bend, writes about the dearth of Catholic writers and artists in our day, in the new First Things.  He begins, I’m sic...