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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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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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