Month: February 2016

  • Friendship with a place

    We intuitively know that maintains friendship matters. A better way to say that: being a friend matters. Being friends happens in places. It’s for this reason that I think maintaining friendship with places matters, too. There’s a bit of dialogue in C.S. Lewis’s “Space Trilogy” that has stuck with me since first reading it a […]

  • Mike the Mailman

    I’ll be visiting Penn State and State College tomorrow for the first time in more than six months, and am returning to some Happy Valley-themed things. John Patishnock wrote a while ago on Mike Herr, better known as “Mike the Mailman.” Mike’s an example of someone who loves what he does. He’s the sort of person who brings electricity into any room…

  • Yesterday’s Penn State predictions

    One of my favorite programs at Penn State is the Penn State Forum speaker series, which hosts a slate of speakers each year on a diversity of topics. Joel Myers, CEO of AccuWeather (and a longtime trustee) delivered a talk a few years ago that I recently rewatched. It’s “The Digital Revolution: Transforming Higher Education.” The first few minutes aren’t…

  • Blasts

    “We’ll let our supporters know about this issue with an email blast, and we’ll follow up by pushing the news out across all our social streams.” This is how people talk now. We once mailed letters to the fellow members of our organization, or our political group, or whatever. Now we issue “blasts.” We once shared curious…

  • When streets come alive

    I came across Cheryl Dunn’s Everybody Street unexpectedly. It’s an ode to New York photographer Alfred Stieglitz’s impact: During the early decades of the twentieth century, Alfred Stieglitz vividly captured the architecture and urban streetscapes of New York City. The first photographer to take the camera off the tripod, out of the studio, and into the streets, Stieglitz can be…