Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is tomorrow. If you’re not already receiving emails about it from your charities of choice, you will be: #GivingTuesday refers to the Tuesday after U.S. Thanksgiving, which is the fourth Thursday in November. #GivingTuesday is a movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season. #GivingTuesday was started…

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Diarists

Earlier this year I wrote about keeping a diary. I think there’s value there—not only for personal reasons, but for family reasons. For public figures, there’s even more value. James Carden’s review of George Kennan’s diaries got me thinking about the value of private journals in the era of ubiquitous social media. Kennan, the architect of the…

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Do not disturb

“Do Not Disturb” is one of my favorite features ever introduced to the iPhone. It’s great because it limits the ability for our most used daily device to interrupt us at times when we shouldn’t really be interrupted.  I have mine set so that any calls, texts, etc. received between 11pm and 6am are muted.…

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Rising fortunes

I joined the Catholic Philopatrian Literary Institute a few years ago. Shortly after I joined, I was talking one night with Clive, the Philopatrian’s old house manager. He mentioned that the vacant properties nearby—a parking lot behind the Philopatrian and another just down the block—had nearly transformed into a new tower. But the 2008 financial crisis hit, and those…

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Thanksgiving

The land was ours before we were the land’s. She was our land more than a hundred years Before we were her people. She was ours In Massachusetts, in Virginia, But we were England’s, still colonials, Possessing what we still were unpossessed by, Possessed by what we now no more possessed. Something we were withholding…

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Family philanthropy trends

I wrote yesteday about developing a charitable mission within your family. Being that it’s nearly Thanksgiving, I also want to highlight the National Center for Family Philanthropy, and specifically their feature on some of the “biggest trends” in this area: We’ve seen an influx of new organizations, new ideas, and new approaches that are ushering the practice of…

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A family charitable mission

Every generation faces a different world, but a lot of challenges are common across time. I’m a fan of community foundations like the New York Community Trust because they allow donors to try to address timeless challenges. It’s more fun to solve problems for a century or longer than a decade or so. This struck me when reading the NY…

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Stand Up For Life

I spent last night in Center City, Philadelphia with more than 1,000 friends to celebrate another year in working to build a Culture of Life. This was my fourth time attending the Stand Up For Life celebration, and its 34th anniversary. The short film above was shown during dinner and does a pretty good job capturing the…

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Tripartisan solutions

A number of years ago Newt Gingrich founded American Solutions for Winning the Future. It turned out to be something of a stalking horse for his 2012 presidential run, but the organization was seriously active for a number of years as a platform for Gingrich in the public square. American Solutions and Gingrich spoke a lot about “tripartisan…

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Dogs

Ben Novak shared this interview on democracy with me. It contains a nugget on dogs that’s striking in how true it is: In Holland, America or Australia one rarely sees any free dogs, though human beings are allegedly free in these Western democracies. But if you go to a place like Egypt or Senegal or…

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