Region & Place

The Foal of an Ass, A Crown of Thorns, and 80 Linear Feet of Base Shoe

BASE-shoe April 15, 2014

Rock Island, Il

The day for greeting my swarthy brethren with “Xristos Almosti!” has come and gone. (A Greco-Rus hybrid response might be “Alithos Notyetski!”) The best part of Palm Sunday, aside from the fact that it inaugurates our dolorous

Read the full article →

The New Briar Patch Puts All in Doubt

briarpatch April 8, 2014

You’d have to call this job rebarbative.

Read the full article →

What is Wrong With the Front Porch?

front-porch-attitude March 25, 2014

Let’s be honest: the posts are terrible.

Read the full article →

Another Reason to Love this Small Town

paint_swatch_wall_021 March 11, 2014

“Support your local Muslim,” she says to me brightly.

Read the full article →

The Patron Saint of Place

starbucks February 24, 2014

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…

Read the full article →

California Splits

4932332761_9b2e62bfd4_z February 14, 2014

When a “boomer” hits the Pacific Ocean, how does he redefine starting anew? Here are some suggestions from the West Coast.

Read the full article →

And Then Came the Castration Ceremony

rightfoot002 February 12, 2014

The ghost of Freud whizzes by me.

Read the full article →

The Real Social Network

graveyard_picture_5 February 4, 2014

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…

Read the full article →

Liberty and Circuits of the Sacred

IMG-20140118-00854 January 28, 2014

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…

Read the full article →

Nature, Labor, and a Goat Named Alcibiades

goat-relaxing-on-pasture-1409961-m January 27, 2014

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…

Read the full article →

And What Happened After the Codeine Kicked In

moving-truck January 15, 2014

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

Read the full article →

Have Yourselves A Merry Dumb-Ass Christmas Now

images December 25, 2013

We’ll just have to muddle through somehow.

Read the full article →

McClaughry Memoir: The Reagan Years

mcclaughry-reagan December 20, 2013

The following is the fourth installment of John McClaughry’s memoir, Promoting Civil Society Among the Heathen.  See the previous chapter here.
7.  Ronald Reagan 
Now let’s backtrack to 1966 and follow the rising career of Ronald Reagan.
For years Reagan had…

Read the full article →

A Semester of Teaching Sustainability

Phils December 14, 2013

[Cross-Posted to In Medias Res]
The semester has come to an end here at Friends University, and students are leaving campus for their holiday break. Right now I’m grading, and while I have many tests to grade, none interest me…

Read the full article →

Being Thankful for National Communities and Civil Religion, Sometimes

November 28, 2013

[Cross-Posted to In Medias Res]
Amongst those Americans who believe that the civic virtues which make both popular government and a fulfilling independence possible are themselves dependent upon, to a great extent, the preservation of traditions and an attachment to…

Read the full article →

Repatriation Ain’t Easy

hornbek-homestead October 30, 2013

Freddie Mac wants me to drop my pants.

Read the full article →