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Living These Relationships, Every Day

“Therefore, it is clear that the care of the household concerns human beings more than material property…” Aristotle, Politics “Here Aristotle infers that the chief aim of [parents] concerns these two relationships [...

Howard Frank Mosher, RIP

Howard Frank Mosher, the Vermont novelist whose Kingdom County is one of the great American–which is to say regional–literary creations, has died. Don’t mourn; read him. Herewith a remembrance by Vermont filmmaker Jay Crav...

Don’t Miss This Book

Front Porcher Rob Grano has a lovely little review of John Lewis-Stempel’s The Running Hare: The Secret Life of Farmland. It’s over at The University Bookman. Here’s a taste: “Really: I just want the birds back.̶...

The Politics of the Pro-Life Movement

A few years ago I wrote something of an irenic essay on the annual, January, March for Life in Washington DC.  I was in the mood, then, for focusing on what I saw as the poetic part of that event more than the overtly political.  I still be...

Dash, Grandpa’s Three-Legged Dog

I wasn’t there. In fact, I’m not sure who all was. And as I write this sitting in Michigan, I’m far from those who might know. My Grandma was alive then, of course, but she hadn’t yet met Grandpa, so she wouldn’t have been there in Ewing. A...

The Real Significance of Citizens United

Eastern Ohio Jimmy the Greek, the odds-maker and point-spread pioneer who was born and raised and trained in Steubenville, the former (thirties-era) cigar store paradise thirty miles to my east, once observed that “crime has always struck m...