The Right Stuff

Precisely because it is limitless, space is the best place to test the limits of our courage and abilities.

Community and Intuition

Do not seek things too difficult for you, nor examine what is beyond your strength.Think about what is commanded you, for you...

Learning to Die in the Garden

I’m prone to say that the gardening year resembles nothing so much as a succession of heartbreaks, and while it’s possible that...

Loving—But Not Believing In—Baseball

Many of Forbes’s best insights stem from this notion—baseball helps us navigate life, because much of life is also boring. It’s a game about waiting, about disappointment and failure, about reckless hope for a late rally or a triple-play to turn the tide.

A Young Girl’s Guide to Power Tools

At age 12, our daughter discovered that our front yard could be more than a place to turn cartwheels. It was also...

A Casual Birder

For most of my adult life I’ve considered myself a birder. Some people say “bird-watcher,” but for me that term conjures up...

Take a Hike? (I Would Prefer Not To)

My grandfathers’ lives had a greater degree of integrity than mine. By integrity I do not mean the suggestion of morality and...

What Makes Places Great?: A Hypothetical Dialogue between G.K. Chesterton and Milton Friedman

MF: Mr. Chesterton, I know you have not received any training in economics at the University level.  So, I will keep this...

Patriotic Subversives: Distributism as a Political Problem

Distributism as a Problem When people think of Distributism, even people who know a little about...

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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,...

Monastic Stability: In One Place with God and Others

Some time ago I was asked if I would be willing to participate in a forum on localism. I hesitated. I did not even...

Praying in the Streets: Ritual as an Urban Design Problem

"he city as World icon is being destroyed, not by being secularized (it was always secular at base with some sacral potencies shooting through...