Month: January 2016

  • An atheist

    I was searching recently for orthodox iconography of St. Benedict, and happened to come across the shuttered site of Fr. John McLuckie, an Episcopal priest in Scotland. A post of his from a few years ago caught my eye. As far as I can tell, he wrote this. It’s well said: I am an atheist if, by […]

  • Getting cash without cards

    I wrote last summer about going walletless and carrying just my driver’s license and debit card. The two friction points for going just iPhone? We’ll need to carry ID for years until, first, state governments catch up and issue digital equivalents that are accepted where they need to be accepted. And second, until ATMs become…

  • SS United States

    SS United States

    The SS United States has been sitting, rusting, in a South Philadelphia port for most of my life. It’s an historic and storied vessel, but plenty of historic and storied vessels end up being scuttled or sold for scrap. In the past few years I’ve followed the continuing struggle to figure out what to do…

  • Don Davis on leadership

    I’m visiting State College in February, and that has me thinking about Maralyn Mazza, a friend of mine there. She and her late husband Paul founded the South Hills School of Business and Technology in Central Pennsylvania. Like many, Maralyn’s family connections to Penn State are deep. Her father, Donald W. Davis, Sr., taught at Penn State for decades in the…

  • New generations

    I’ve written before many times about the importance of “a spirit of community across time” as vital for places looking to cultivate or conserve a distinctive character. I want to dive in to explain this a bit. On January 4th, I hopped into an Uber from my office in Narberth, and headed to West Chester…