Month: July 2017

  • Port of San Francisco

    Port of San Francisco

    I didn’t do a great job capturing the sense of the San Francisco Ferry the other day when I was leaving the city for Vallejo, but I think yesterday’s attempt when I shot a minute or so as we approached San Francisco turned out pretty nicely and gives a sense of what it’s like in […]

  • Leaving Napa Institute

    Leaving Napa Institute

    The 7th Annual Napa Institute was great, and like last year I’m sorry to be leaving the presence of so many good people. What’s the point of Napa Institute? I think of it simply as helping foster relationships among Catholics from around the country (and a few internationally) while preparing people to go back out…

  • Real towns and suburban myths

    Rachel Quednau at Strong Towns writes: Myth #1: The suburbs exist because that’s the way people want to live. The only reason we have the suburban style of development with its large homes, three car garages, big box stores and wide, fast-moving streets, is because people prefer that sort of living, right? Busted: The suburbs exist because…

  • Future belongs to those with children

    Archbishop Chaput addressed the Napa Institute. I was present for it, and it has been covered in a number of outlets. The full text of his speech is available here. I’ll highlight a bit of it here: In a world that can sometimes seem disheartening, Christians have a path to the future in lives of…

  • Ethics of sexual relationships

    Nathan Smith conveys the classical understanding of sex: Men are tempted to exploit women for pleasure and prestige, and need to be on their guard against this temptation. Exploitation is worst when the woman is underage or drunk or emotionally unstable, or when the man uses a position of power to intimidate her, tells lies…