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Belloc on the New Year

“On New Year’s Eve, at about quarter to twelve o’clock at night, the master of the house and all that are with him go about from room to room opening every door and window, however cold the weather be, for thus, they say, ...

Sustainability in Cities that Hold Steady

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] Wichita, KS, is a large city, a regional center for manufacturing, medicine, finance, and the arts. It’s also a politically conservative place, which means that you don’t hear a lot of talk about ...

An Age of Unmaking

Over the years, I have made the case, here and elsewhere, for the recovery of the traditional work of poetry.  The habits of mind and body that we cultivate and that, in turn, shape us in the mastery of this or that particular craft do not ...

From The Multiversity Cave: General Education

Saginaw, MI This post is part of a series that will explore what prominent thinkers can teach us about today’s public multiversity, the modern university with its many colleges, departments, and other administrative units that play multiple...

Aristotle on Talking to Yourself

“The virtuous man wishes to converse with himself.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, IX Conversations with oneself. They could be a sign that something is wrong. But done well, they are a sign that something is right. A virtuous man, Aristotl...

A Meditation on My Porch

  I heard someone say recently, “Porches are back. They’re on all the new houses.” And I thought, “No, no they’re not.” Porches on newer houses are hardly more than façades, sort of like shutters. My shutters don’t even shut; and if yo...