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Localist Roundup: Texting and Parenting

March 13, 2014

Pope Francis has recently been invited to address the U.S. Congress, according to this piece. Meanwhile this piece has a pessimistic projection of the fate of that institution (specifically the U.S. Senate).
In other news, according to this article, parents…

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The Heart, in Suffering

March 12, 2014

“Some day, perhaps, remembering even this
Will be a pleasure.”
Virgil, The Aeneid, I
Aeneas and his men have endured much since leaving Troy. And of course they left only after the destruction of all they knew and loved in…

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Ciceronian Society Conference Schedule, March 27 – 29, Mount Saint Mary’s University

CiceronianBlogBannerSml March 6, 2014

The 2014 Ciceronian Society Conference at Mount Saint Mary’s University (Emmitsburg, Maryland) is quickly approaching. Below is our schedule of speakers for March 27th – 29th. Several notable intellectuals will be presenting, and these include David Walsh, James Matthew Wilson, …

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Localist Roundup: Lent Selfies

March 6, 2014

The news has been abuzz recently with the story of a teen suing her parents to pay for her education.
Meanwhile, this piece discusses the practice of Ash Wednesday “selfies.”
This piece compares some of the practices of family firms…

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What Can Be Sweeter?

March 5, 2014

An Ash Wednesday Quotation and Reflection

“And the Lord, seeking his workman among the multitudes to whom he thus crieth, saith again: ‘What man is he that desireth life and would fain see good days?’ (Psalm 33) And if hearing…

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Localist Roundup: More Drones

March 4, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration has recently unveiled plans to revamp the nutrition labels on packaged food, as explained in this piece. Also, according to this article, the U.S. Department of Agriculture appears to be making headway in encouraging vegetable…

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Localist Roundup: Escape from Google

February 27, 2014

This piece is an interesting interview about the importance of philosophy. The interviewee appears primarily concerned with the idea that philosophy is obsolete–she contends strongly against this notion.
In other news, this article describes the efforts of South Dakota school…

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Zeus’ Plan for February

February 26, 2014

“Aegis-bearing Zeus has a design for each occasion, and mortals find this hard to comprehend.”
Hesiod, Works and Days
Hesiod was convinced that Zeus has a plan for every occasion. Even February. Yet we mortals find this hard to comprehend—especially…

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Localist Roundup: Trains and Drones and Farms

February 25, 2014

According to a recent study, loneliness is actually a cause of death.
On a less macabre note, this article discusses the implications of local news agencies using camera-equipped drones.
Meanwhile, this piece describes a musician’s unique goal regarding the New York subway system.…

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A Good Essayist is Hard to Find

February 21, 2014

Wiseblood Books is about to publish Dana Gioia’s superb “The Catholic Writer Today” as the first in its series of “Wiseblood Essays in Contemporary Culture.” Order now: Not for papists only!…

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Paying and paying for college

February 21, 2014

Untangling the sticker price for an undergraduate degree.

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Localist Roundup: Bankers Are Miserable

February 20, 2014

This piece describes a new line of hotels designed with millennials in mind. It’s interesting to see what the company sees as the preferences of their target generation.
Meanwhile, this article describes the prevailing misery of young  bankers. This unrelated article helpfully…

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When Your Mother Grows Older

February 19, 2014

“For other animals have their natural ‘forethought’ which enables them to provide for themselves: whereas man lives by reason, which can attain to forethought only after long experience: so that children need to be instructed by their parents who are…

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Localist Roundup: Politics and Farms

February 18, 2014

Now that the congressional drama regarding the farm bill is over, this piece offers some less-than-optimistic thoughts on the process and results.
According to this piece, Rand Paul is apparently skeptical that the Republican Party will win the presidency anytime…

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New England Patriot

February 14, 2014

From The American Conservative, my appreciation of the decentralist Republican (yes, they do exist) John McClaughry of Vermont.…

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Localist Roundup: Amazon’s Empire

February 13, 2014

Apparently, physical activity combats depression. It’s nice that we have studies to tell us these things.
Meanwhile, this piece describes the downfall of corporeal toys.
And this piece describes the downfall of books. The fairly lengthy article tells the story…

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