A Man’s Home Is His Castle

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Hidden Springs Lane. After too long, I finally got around to watching The Castle… (1997), a film recommended by FPR’s Jeff Polet. It’s a film you probably haven’t heard of let alone seen. It’s an Australian comedy that tells the

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What Happened with the Prick Realtor

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The indignities mount.

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Liberty and Circuits of the Sacred

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A few days ago was the first time I heard Chinese being spoken with a heavy Indian accent.  Given the tenor of our times, one might expect this to have been at some gathering of wheelers and dealers brandishing business…

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Nature, Labor, and a Goat Named Alcibiades

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As I cranked the lever I could watch the forest become pasture. I was using a come-along, a simple winch for tightening wire, to run a new fence.  As the fence slowly came into existence, this tiny parcel of the…

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Sometimes a Garden is Just a Garden

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To the left of our Southern California driveway is a little plot of land, 400-500 square feet. Some homeowners just pave over a space like this, to add another parking spot, or a place for a basketball hoop and room…

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Slow Growth and Living Form

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Everything seeks its own perfection or completion, and, moreover, seeks this perfection in a way proper to itself. Since both the end sought and the way of seeking are attuned to the thing’s nature, actions can violate a thing’s integrity…

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In Praise of Mediocrity

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Berwyn, PA.… Everyone knows G.K. Chesterton’s aphorism that, if a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.  Dappled Things writer Karen Ullo has deepened our understanding of that truth in a new personal essay, where she reflects on the inevitably

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And What Happened After the Codeine Kicked In

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I’m in one of those ridiculous backless hospital gowns.

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Citizens, Traitors, Misanthropes, and Cosmopolitans

January 14, 2014

What is it about the modern world that causes us to forget that every choice comes with a cost?  The answer cannot be that modern men obsess on wish-fulfillment; ancient men had wishes too and obsessed with creating gold out…

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Can We (not) Talk?

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Hillsdale, Michigan.…   Patrick Deneen posted a vigorous rejoinder to pro-free market critics of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium. Deneen’s takedown of Rush Limbaugh got me thinking less about the substance of the pope’s thoughts than about the form –

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What Happened Before the Codeine Kicked In

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If it were my ankle, we’d operate.

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There’s Equality, and There’s Equality

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In one of my favorite movies, John Ford’s How Green Was My Valley, …a family of coal miners is faced with the prospect of lower wages handed out by the owners of the mine, because the closing of the ironworks

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McClaughry Memoir: The Thousand Points of Light

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The following is the final installment of John McClaughry’s memoir, Promoting Civil Society Among the Heathen.  See the previous chapter here.
8. George H.W. Bush and the Thousand Points of Light
Inheriting the Republican nomination in 1988, vice president  George H.W. Bush…

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Auld Lame Side

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This is what we all need now: a deep belly-laugh.

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Real Presences

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Hidden Springs Lane.… What’s the deal with Smart Phones? Go to any public gathering and most of the young people (and some of the not-so-young) are clearly more interested in their phones than they are with you. Now right off

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Have Yourselves A Merry Dumb-Ass Christmas Now

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We’ll just have to muddle through somehow.

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