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Thoughts on Localism and Resilience

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] Yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak to the “Resilience Group,” an informal gathering of environmentalists, activists, and interested others that meet regularly at the home of Wes Jackson, in...

Back to Ohio

From the New Oxford Review, Part Two of Will Hoyt’s survey of eastern Ohio…featuring a triple play of Traci Lords, Clement Vallandigham, and H.H. Richardson!

When a Child Leaves Home

“Darling, haven’t you ever heard of a delightful little thing called boarding school?” So Baroness Schraeder responds to Max’s inquiry how she will deal with seven children upon wedding Captain Von Trapp. A few weeks ago I dropped off my so...

One Good Politician

It can be discouraging watching people vie for political power. That they are motivated by a concern for our good is often hard to believe. A man like Aristides is a refreshing reminder: it can be otherwise. There are people that have the m...

The Art of the Deal, and the Writing on the Wall

The Republican candidates for president would have us believe that they are strong, manly men who would stand up to Putin, destroy daesh, contain Iran, and generally “restore” America’s power throughout the world. But they cannot even stand...

Bad Popes and Public Memorials

One of the first things I noticed in Rome was the bodies. While praying in Santa Maria Sopra Minerva on my first visit, I happened to glance to my left, and there was St. Catherine of Siena, literally, lying under an altar for all to see! A...

Ciceronian Society conference, March 10-12

A note from our friends at the Ciceronian Society about their upcoming conference: The Ciceronian Society invites you to their sixth-annual conference  at Mount Saint Mary’s University, March 10th-12, 2016 in Emmitsburg, MD. This inte...