John Schwenkler

John Schwenkler is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Mount St. Mary's University. His research interests are in the philosophy of psychology, and his writing has been published in a number of popular publications and several scholarly journals. He lives in a historic house in Emmitsburg, Maryland with his wife and two sons.

The View from Your Front Porch

The View from My Front Porch, or Why We Bought the Farm               by Andrea Kirk Assaf Remus, Michigan. The view from my gray fieldstone front porch on this mid-November Sunday afternoon is bleak, bleak, bleak. Brown fields stretch out ...

The View from Your Front Porch

LEXINGTON, Mass. — It is not a porch, but a long cement slab that stretches the width of our home, which we make on the lower level of a small brown house, half underground, half exposed to light and wind. Our landlord tells us that t...

The View From Your Front Porch

Olathe, Kansas — On Saturday I looked back from my front porch, my walk having been cut short by a soft rain. As you can see, my grass and that of my neighbors is dormant from the drought. I live on a U-shaped street in a series of cu...

The View From Your Front Porch

Bethune, S.C. — I am told there used to be a small dairy farm of less than 50 cows just a quarter-mile down the road from where we stay.  If you talk to any locals over 50, they all remember picking cotton in their teenage years for a...

The View From Your Front Porch

Anaheim, Calif. – Nestled between busy thoroughfares dotted with low-slung motels, palm readers, and bail bondsmen, around the corner from the Taqueria and the Clinica Medica del Sagrado Corazon, one finds a few square blocks of mid-c...

The View From Your Front Porch

Queens, NY — The idea was to design an English village from scratch, within railroad-commuting distance of Manhattan.  It was meant to include homes for families of different income levels, and so in addition to the big houses, there ...

The View From Your Front Porch

Nashville, Tennessee — This is a tale of two neighborhoods, a move from one to the other, and the inherent contradictions of gentrification. Our old neighborhood, close to downtown, was one of Nashville’s first “streetcar ...

The View From Your Front Porch

Mayville, North Dakota — You’re looking northwest from our front porch in Mayville, North Dakota.  The picture, taken Sunday afternoon, November 13, casts doubt on what everyone knows about the state.  Where is all the snow?  It...

The View From Your Front Porch

Lincoln, Nebraska — When I first read about FPR’s View from Your Porch series, I immediately decided to submit something. Then I thought about the view from my front porch. Like much of Nebraska, its beauty doesn’t announc...

The View From Your Front Porch

Phoenix, Arizona — Looking east from our front porch in Willo, you see the results of one of Phoenix’s bigger Big Mistakes: the distant office towers on Central Avenue. Those towers mark the Phoenix “uptown” area (no...