Culture, High & Low

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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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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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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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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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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