Month: June 2016

  • 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 […]

  • 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…

  • Logan Circle view

    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…

  • 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.…

  • 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…