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Caring for Elderly Parents

November 20, 2014
The ever-reliable, always-interesting Bill Schambra has a very good piece over at NPQ on the difficulties of caring for one’s parents in a managerial age. Schambra highlights the ways in which the professional management of care has a tendency to…
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FPR at TAC

November 19, 2014
Gracy Olmstead attended the FPR conference in Louisville and gives this fine description of the conference and the localist ideals animating FPR. Excerpt: One elderly gentleman sat with his wife near the back of the auditorium, wearing glasses and a…
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The Land of Storybooks

November 19, 2014
At evening when the lamp is lit, Around the fire my parents sit; They sit at home and talk and sing, And do not play at anything. Now, with my little gun, I crawl All in the dark along the…
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No Monday Morning Roundtable Today

November 17, 2014
Wherein my travel plans interfere with my duties.…
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Some Permanent Things In Print

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In an endnote to The Idea of a Christian Society, T.S. Eliot makes this categorical claim: Conservatism is too often conservation of the wrong things: liberalism a relaxation of discipline; revolution a denial of the permanent things. Ours is an…
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Localist Roundup: Now With Even More Black Friday

November 13, 2014
This piece counts the cost of U.S. military action against ISIS. In other news, Wal-Mart is set to make Black Friday a Thanksgiving week-long event. Meanwhile, this piece criticizes nostalgia in politics. Lastly, this article indicates that most Americans are…
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If Sartre is Right

November 12, 2014
“If man…is indefinable, it is because at first he is nothing. Only afterward will he be something, and he will himself have made what he will be. Thus, there is no human nature…” Jean-Paul Sartre, in ‘Existentialism is a Humanism’…
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Slaughtering Pigs Today

November 7, 2014
Today begins the annual pig slaughter at my home. It is always a momentous occasion. Of its many unforgettable moments I think my favorite is when the pig’s carcass has been split in half lengthwise, and laid out on our…
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Don’t Miss This …

November 6, 2014
interview with David Bosworth in The Boisi Center Interview, wherein he talks about his new book, The Demise of Virtue in Virtual America (hot off the press of FPR Books). You can buy the book here. Here are some excerpts…
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Car-Talk Tom Magliozzi, RIP

November 4, 2014
Our former humor consultant is Ike Wit.
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The Gales of November

November 2, 2014
What the populist campaign of Zephyr Teachout presages (maybe).…
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Gestures: A Meeting of Body and Soul

October 29, 2014
“Imitations practiced from youth become part of nature and settle into habits of gesture, voice, and thought.” Plato, Republic III Plato showed great concern about how people move and use their bodies. Bodily gestures have significance; and they are connected…
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Social Media Request

October 27, 2014
Most of us who post here are, to say the least, neither conversant with nor adept at social media. I discovered this summer, however, in conversation with some very smart “younger” people who liked FPR, that they access our content…
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Localist Roundup: Book Deserts

October 23, 2014
This article bemoans the farm subsidiary structure in the US and wishes for more diversity in agriculture. Meanwhile, this piece notes that the oft-mentioned millennial generation is continuing the trend of urbanization in the US. Finally, this piece highlights the important of…
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The Inconstant Gardners

October 23, 2014
Those whom fortune has favored so bountifully as to place them within spitting distance of Batavia, New York, this Saturday, October 25, at 8 pm, are invited to drop by the Pok-a-Dot diner for our 18th annual “Batavia Reads Gardner”…
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Monday Morning Roundtable

October 22, 2014
Starting this coming Monday (October 27) readers will be invited to sit-in on our “Monday Morning Roundtable.” We’re still working on the name – The Jester suggested “The Brass Spittoon.” Every Monday we will have 4 FPR regulars engage in a conversation…
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