BXVI’s 65 years

“At the moment in which the elderly archbishop imposed his hands on me, a little bird – perhaps it was a skylark – raised itself up from the main altar of the cathedral and intoned a joyous little song. For me it was as if a voice were saying to me from on high: this…

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Capacity for wonder

Why kids may learn more from tales of fantasy than realism: One ongoing study is finding that children learn new facts about animals better from fantastical stories than from realistic ones. … [meanwhile] infants are more prepared to accept new information when they are surprised, thus violating their assumptions about the physical world. What can be…

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Logan Circle view

I wrote last week about my experience with the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network leaving Narberth, and moving our headquarters to Center City Philadelphia. We’re now more or less settled in our Philadelphia offices, and it’s great to be here. Our space overlooks Logan Circle, one of the original five squares laid out by…

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After Brexit

Megan McArdle, in light of Brexit, writes: There’s a lot of appeal to the internationalist idea that building superstates will tamp down on war. But there’s a reason that the 19th century architects of superstates (now known simply as “states”) spent so much time and effort nurturing national identity in the breasts of their populace.…

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Local politics is our national oxygen

Gracy Olmstead writes on Why America needs to revitalize its local politics: …what would happen if at least a few of Washington’s elites returned home and invested in the communities they left behind? What if, instead of running for Congress, some of our politicians considered running for some local office? What if the journalists trying…

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Leaving Narberth

I wrote a while ago about the distributed nature of our team at the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network—two staffers in Philadelphia, one in Ohio, and one in Florida. It’s a structure that works for us. When our headquarters in Narberth (just outside of Philadelphia) was opened in 2012, though, it wasn’t opened with a…

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Brexit

There’s serious uncertainty in the wake of yesterday’s 52-48 decision by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. I won’t attempt to round up the dozens of reports I’ve read covering Brexit, but I will offer my own small thoughts. First, my thinking on Brexit and the merits of Britain remaining or leaving the EU has…

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The perfect town

Joanne Wilson shared Monocle’s insights recently on the characteristics of the ideal community. They’re all worth sharing: 1 – Village Square would anchor the city with grass, flowers, moveable chairs, cafes and a 24-hour kiosk. 2 – Main Street where there would be awnings to keep us from rain or too much sun.  Retail on the…

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Philadelphia Ferry Building

A look back in time to a different Philadelphia, this is the Pennsylvania Railroad ferry terminal at Market Street, circa 1908 and courtesy of the Library of Congress. The instant I saw this, I thought of the iconic San Francisco Ferry Building. Now, it doesn’t look like Philadelphia’s ferry building was constructed with anywhere near…

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Before Independence Mall

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Independence Hall at Chestnut Street, circa 1910. I think this would have had to have been taken from the top of the American Philosophical Society at 5th & Chestnut Streets. This comes from the Library of Congress. It’s amazing to look at this scene of an earlier Philadelphia and see how different this section of Old…

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