Mumford and Suns

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“For a child”, I remember our priest saying a few years ago, ”the sun rises over the barn and sets on the further side of the field”. In the next, more worldly, stage of life, “the earth orbits the sun…

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Another Reason to Love this Small Town

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“Support your local Muslim,” she says to me brightly.

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A Militarism We Call Patriotism

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With the U.S. military experience in Iraq finally concluded, in January of 2012, President Barack Obama bookended his State of the Union address with an appeal for the nation to act more like the United States military: goal driven and…

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Imagining Healthy Work: Why We all Have to Become Monks

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This essay was originally presented at Spring Arbor University’s annual Focus series.
I am speaking today not as a literature specialist, nor as a professional economist, nor as a business expert, but simply as a human.  So in talking about

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A Genuinely Original Libertarian Argument?

March 5, 2014

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res]
Yesterday evening, I participated in a symposium sponsored in part by Northfield School of the Liberal Arts, a private Christian academy, here in Wichita, KS. I’ve done a lot with Northfield over the years, as…

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Goodness, Like a Fetter

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Son of a . . . What the . . . Holy . . . !

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They Been Here

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“You don’t say that,” my grandfather was telling me, gently but with obvious annoyance, as I’d just embarrassed him. We were walking out of a small store on a country road outside our home in western Massachusetts, which (the store)…

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Of Tiles and Lights and Projectile Vomit

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The eyes roll.

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The Patron Saint of Place

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For several decades now, the business plan of fast-food chains has been to build restaurants with a similar design: a drive through around the back and side, an indoor playground in front, parking spaces surrounding, a counter to order food…

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Now is the Summer of Our Discontent

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Where’s my wanton ambling nymph?

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California Splits

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When a “boomer” hits the Pacific Ocean, how does he redefine starting anew? Here are some suggestions from the West Coast.

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And Then Came the Castration Ceremony

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The ghost of Freud whizzes by me.

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American Political Praxis

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What words best describe present-day Washington politics?  The commonplace answer, endlessly repeated by politicians themselves and media observers alike, is this:  dysfunction, gridlock, partisanship, and incivility.  Yet here’s a far more accurate term:  tacit consensus.  Where Republicans and Democrats disagree,…

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What I Saw at the High School Speech Meet

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Here in northwest Indiana, I agreed to be a judge for a recent regional speech meet, partly because our middle daughter was a contestant herself and partly because I love all sorts of spoken word events—debates, extemporaneous speeches, poetry, even…

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Unrepatriation Ain’t Easy Either

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Ignorant posteriority has its price in the enterprise of repatriation.

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The Real Social Network

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The other night I saw the end of a life well-lived. I didn’t know him; I just saw his funeral.
My bus rolled through the dark night I was riding the bus from my job in Dublin to our home…

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