Month: April 2017

  • When the Mass is draining

    The Mass is ended. The closing procession makes its way down the aisle at a pace slower than a funeral march. The priest is lost in his hymnal, following along a little farther back. You make your way out of the pew and down the aisle and out onto the steps of the church to […]

  • Warmer weather

    Warmer weather

    The NFL Draft is taking place in Philadelphia this week, and I think wrapping up this weekend or sometime soon. What’s happening at the same time here is the arrival of warm weather.  I took this photo yesterday when leaving my office—it shows Mace’s pub, a small place with a little patio right along the…

  • Reflecting, then acting

    David Leonhardt writes on George Shultz and living intentionally: When George Shultz was secretary of state in the 1980s, he liked to carve out one hour each week for quiet reflection. He sat down in his office with a pad of paper and pen, closed the door and told his secretary to interrupt him only…

  • Satisfying curiosities

    On Abraham Flexner’s impact, and particularly on his insight into the usefulness of apparently useless knowledge: Flexner’s Institute for Advanced Study is one of the greatest second acts in educational history. His first major triumph, of which we continue to be the beneficiaries, was the upgrading of medical education through tougher admissions and graduation standards,…

  • Pope Francis’s TED talk

    Pope Francis has talked of the “God of surprises,” and just as often turns out to be a pope of surprises. That’s true of his surprise (pre-filmed) TED appearance in Vancouver last night. I’ve been following along with the TED conference through Snapchat from a few people I follow, so already felt somewhat connected to…