Archive for July 2013

Life Under Compulsion: Contemplation

I am looking at another painting by Norman Rockwell, a part of his Four Seasons Calendar: Grandpa and Me in Summer.  I know that I am not supposed to enjoy paintings by Rockwell, because the man had skill and humanity and wit and grace and ...

Against Teaching Literature

The WSJ has a piece by Lee Siegel arguing that studying literature in college is a harmful activity and the decline in students majoring in the humanities (especially English) should be seen as a positive step toward the elimination of the ...

A Human Scale Future

Hidden Springs Lane. The notion of scale should be an integral part of the conversation when we consider matters of economic and political import. Unfortunately, this is generally not the case. In fact, the language of scale has for a long ...

Manure and Scale

Surprise! Factory farming creates huge piles of manure. And these piles are difficult to keep out of the water system. An editorial from the NYT is critical of the rather anemic attempts by the EPA to control this problem. According to the ...

Hipsters and Old Chickens

Here’s a piece describing how some backyard chicken owners are sending their birds to the animal shelter. Despite visions of quaint coops, happy birds and cheap eggs, the growing trend of raising backyard chickens in urban settings is...

Threefer Monday

Herewith links to three great tunes responding to America’s wars: “Glad to Be Home” by Charles Smith and Jeff Cooper (a Deep Soul gem via Clark Stooksbury); “Gettysburg” by Janie Christensen (thanks to Brian Fr...

What Health Insurance Does to Prices

Last summer, my youngest son was on a church trip on the other side of the country, when he hurt his hand. A deep gash on his middle finger required immediate attention at a clinic in rural Virginia. A day after the injury my sister the doc...