Summerfest fireworks

After landing in Milwaukee yesterday and finishing out the work day with Bobby Schindler over dinner at the Old German Bier Hall downtown, I went for what turned out to be a great run through town. Summerfest is happening this week, which is Milwaukee’s big summertime festival and cause for togetherness in and around Lake…

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Visual diaries

I’ve started to post to Instagram Stories semi-regularly, and am sharing today’s story here. I’m sharing it here because it will have disappeared from Instagram within 24 hours, and like so many of the specific memories of my experience will be lost. I’ve used DayOne to keep a journal in the past—and might start using…

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Peter Brown and late antiquity

Ruby Shao profiles Peter Brown, “inventor of late antiquity:” The fall of the Roman Empire ushered in a dark age, replete with decay and barely worth studying. Or so scholars thought until history professor emeritus Peter Brown invented the field of late antiquity, which spans 250–800 A.D. “Looking at the late antique world, we are…

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Worrying about the right things

So often we think about only what’s in front of our faces, and we don’t think about what’s likely to be in front of our faces in the future. Thinking about the future was once a luxury of the elite, because most people had enough to worry about in the “here and now,” and so…

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Corrosive speculation

Matthew Continetti writes on journalists, political speculation, and the devaluation of “the news” in the public mind: Events are turning me into a radical skeptic. I no longer believe what I read, unless what I am reading is an empirically verifiable account of the past. I no longer have confidence in polls, because it has…

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Bobby Schindler on food and water

I mentioned early in the week that Bobby Schindler and I were in Washington to do an interview with Catherine Szeltner of EWTN’s “Pro-Life Weekly” program. It aired Friday night on EWTN, and is up on YouTube now. Bobby talks about the work of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network, and focuses on the…

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Health as wholeness

Wendell Berry spoke in 1992 with Michael Toms. I found their conversation recently when searching Berry’s works and enjoyed the entire hour: …an hour of stirring and straightforward wisdom from one of the most highly respected of modern American writers and poets. Using words like “affection”, “satisfaction”, “care”, and “joy”, Berry calls for a re-evaluation…

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Words should reflect realities

“If names be not correct, language is not in accordance with the truth of things. If language be not in accordance with the truth of things, affairs cannot be carried on to success. When affairs cannot be carried on to success, proprieties and music do not flourish. When proprieties and music do not flourish, punishments…

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Failing Eastern Europe

As I’m making my way through William Shirer’s “Rise and Fall of the Third Reich” I thought of something from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn that I read a few years ago. A literary father of the Solidarity movement, Solzhenitsyn exposed the moral bankruptcy of Soviet rule by revealing its Gulags. “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch,” published during…

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Dubliner

Bobby Schindler and I were in Washington today to film with EWTN for its recently-launched “Pro-Life Weekly” program. Catherine Szeltner hosts, and has been a clear and reasonable voice spotlighting issues of human dignity and basic rights since the launch of the program. We were excited to film with her, and Bobby’s first segment will air…

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