We Need a lot More than Romance

When I came across John Hockenberry’s essay, “Exile,” in the October edition of Harper’s Magazine, I had never heard of him. I still know little...

Walking in a Dead Man’s Shoes

A woman in another kind of grief uttered the terrible “should have been.”

Live like a Tree

I am an unlikely localist. My life is a product of globalization. My mother’s side of the family is from Singapore, China, and India,...

Dirt Thick with Known Dead

While wandering in a used bookstore this summer, I picked up Donald Hall’s String Too Short to be Saved. I enjoyed Hall’s stories about...

Dear Eugene

One of my heroes of the faith is dead. Eugene Peterson experienced death, but certainly not its sting, as he uttered his final words,...

Food and “the job of getting it there”

In Charles Frazier’s 1997 novel Cold Mountain, a minister’s daughter decides after her father’s death to remain on their western North Carolina farm, rather...

The “Singular They” and the Hooper Hermeneutic (Part 1): A Bar Jester Chronicle

The tenure candidate should include their Curriculum Vitae, three letters of …

The Cornhusker Berryian: Ben Sasse’s Argument for Rootedness

It was said of the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY) that he had written more books than most senators had read.  Senator Ben...

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Mumford and Suns

“For a child”, I remember our priest saying a few years ago, ”the sun rises over the barn and sets on the further side...

Few v. Many: The Topsy-Turvy World of Judicial Demographics

There are many reasons to wonder about the wisdom of confirming Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court. What strikes me most about her nomination is the typically phony way Washington and the mainstream media are packaging the event.

Canon Fodder I: Uncle Remus

New Castle, Kentucky. We can't talk about the economy all the time, or anyway I can't.  Today instead I want to sing a song of the...