Region & Place

The Blouse, the Pig, and the Fox

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I can’t lead a fast break any more, but I can still see sideways.
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The Noble Doubt and the Cardinal’s Certain Flight

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The cardinal's steely resolve is touchingly quixotic.
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A Conversation with Bill Kauffman

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I am the illegitimate son of Dorothy Day and H.D. Thoreau.
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Killer Pumpkin: A GardenDisPatch

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It’s nurse Goodbody pulling up the drive.
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Kids These Days: Why We Shouldn’t Worry if They Don’t Leave Home Early

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A popular version of the undying nostalgia for a golden era gone by is the view that this era was a time when men were men, and children grew into adults at the proper time. These days you cannot go…
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Contemplation and Distraction; or, Fecating and Free-Ranging Over the Deadline

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I don’t really mind being everyone’s full-time unpaid employee.
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The Silly Season is Here Again

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Elections are here, but manure-spreading is nothing new.
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Stinking at Parenting: A Dispatch

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To quote the apostle: And what shall I more say?
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He Gets the Welcome He Deserves: A Dispatch

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Nor will I allow myself the fantasy a week hence.
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Witchcraft in Church? Against Glamorous Worship

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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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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The Absurdity of Personal Contact with Natural Beauty

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In Wildness is the preservation of the world.
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Garage Sales, Yard Sales, Estate Sales: The Putrefaction of America

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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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Wendell Berry Opts Out of the ‘Culture of Violence’

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Our Only World: Ten Essays. By Wendell Berry. Berkeley: Counterpoint, 2015. In January of 2012, Wendell Berry delivered a speech at Georgetown College that explained his support for legalizing gay marriage. Responses from Berry’s Christian readers came thick and fast;…
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When Your Hometown Goes International

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New York City is not an American city; it’s an Arab nation filled with a thousand different tribes who grudgingly live amongst each other. Through its history, parts have tried to secede, parts have burned, but we’ve made it through…
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