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Townsman of a Stiller Town: Death on the American Highway

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Earth's the right place for love.
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Witchcraft in Church? Against Glamorous Worship

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Recently, our local Trappist Monastery, the Abbey of the Genesee, unveiled a renovation of the sanctuary of the Abbey church. To the shock of some — those who often claim to have their ‘finger on the pulse’ — the remodel did…
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The Soul of Facebook Venting: Empowered Alternatives to Ranting Online

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In the old days, when you saw something in your morning newspaper that bothered you, you could vent your ballooning anger with a minute or two of hearty breakfast-table grumbling. Today, we have Facebook for that.   I know I…
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Hanging Out with, and Learning from, Some Thoroughly Material Benedictines

May 15, 2015
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] A few weeks ago I was able to, once again, do something that I enjoy doing immensely–take a group of students out on a local food tour, so they can learn firsthand about more sustainable…
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Remembering a Good Oak

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Trees cannot talk, but they do speak. With our eyes focused on franticly flickering screens, perhaps our ears have grown dull to their still small voices, yet they whisper on. Edmund Burke described society as a “contract between the past,…
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Why Bigamy is a Bad Idea

OscarWilde May 13, 2015
P.S. I don't hold with Oscar Wilde on that one.
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The Trouble with Limits

Dore Paradisio 31 May 12, 2015
Modern persons have a problem with limits, three in fact. They want every good thing to be unlimitedly available for their desires, and scarcity is taken for a cause of fear and anxiety. Hence, “sustainability” is our new environmental shibboleth.…
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The Absurdity of Personal Contact with Natural Beauty

wilderness1 May 6, 2015
In Wildness is the preservation of the world.
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How Beauty Fits

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The most fashionable and defensible position on aesthetics is to maintain that beauty is entirely subjective. Beauty doesn’t exist, we are assured, at least as a quality uniting such diverse phenomena as a painting, a comfortable old house, a song,…
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Contemplation and the Empire of Desire

acedia-brueghel1 May 1, 2015
Philadelphia, PA R. R. Reno of First Things has recently identified the “Empire of Desire” by its odd combination of regulation and libertinism. On the one hand, we cannot ride a bicycle without a helmet or let our children play…
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The Tractor, the Nuts, and The Things They Buried: A Dispatch

Stude58TSpuWhite8 April 29, 2015
I allow myself a brief transgendered wish.
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Conversations with Bronze Age Warlords

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Pop quiz: What ancient Greek legend begins with the kidnapping of Helen of Troy, and ends with Greeks sneaking into Troy inside a hollow wooden horse? If you said “The Iliad,” you’re wrong, as I discovered reading trying…
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Garage Sales, Yard Sales, Estate Sales: The Putrefaction of America

Capitol Hill Seattle Garage Sale 2013 April 24, 2015
What used to be called garage sales and are now also called “yard” and “estate” sale are the scourge of the neighborhood and a major contributor to the putrefaction of America. I was reminded of this ugly part of the American…
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Why Aldo Leopold Wasn’t (thank God!) an Economist

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He knew that costs are costs.
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Thoreau’s Walden: Embracing a Restorative Experience of Nature

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Windswept and partially covered in snow, winter debris still clinging to its banks, Walden Pond offered no glamorous window into the preeminent beauty of nature when I visited in early April. Its crystal waters were masked by ice and the…
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Haber-Bosch and Whom to Do

Ammonia April 15, 2015
If you're an eater uninterested in food, you've got a problem.
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