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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Napa Institute, year two

I’m at the Napa Institute after attending for the first time last year. Napa Institute brings together 500+ Catholics for prayer, fellowship, and enrichment. I’d describe its goal as equipping Catholic leaders of all stripes to confidently re-enter the public square as Christians in a secular culture. This year I’ll be participating in a panel discussion that…

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To Vallejo and Napa

I’m traveling from San Francisco to Napa today. Specifically, Ubered to the San Francisco Ferry Building, and hopped on a Vallejo-bound ferry that lasts about an hour. I shot the clip above as we were pulling away from the city. When I get into Vallejo, I’ll Uber to Napa where I’ll spend the afternoon with…

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Driving a Tesla

Yesterday afternoon after Mass, Eric and I were sitting in his apartment when he turned to me and asked: “Do you want to rent a 2014 Tesla Model S for $45?” I stared at him for a moment before answering, “Of course.” He had found an incredible deal with a company called Get Around that…

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Marin Headlands

Spent a few hours yesterday afternoon with Eric Snyder running in the Marin Headlands. We got a Lyft from Sutter Street in San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge to Bunker Road, where our driver dropped us on the side of the road. It was my first time running in Marin, and the variety of…

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San Francisco Giants

Caught the Giants v. San Diego Padres last night at AT&T Park. It was a fun 7pm game on what turned out to be a pretty chilly night. The Giants gave up an early three run lead in the fifth inning but fought back and tied it up at nine in the ninth before ultimately…

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