Month: August 2017

  • ‘Spirit of generosity’

    Charles Marohn of Small Towns writes on his recent trip to Washington, DC with his family, and specifically on his experience of Arlington Cemetery in light of the recent mobs for/against statuary. Charles riffs on the idea of a “spirit of generosity,” which I’ve seen others write about using similar words: warm-heartedness, empathy, etc.: We […]

  • Katechon

    I was not familiar with the idea of the “katechon” until a friend referenced it on Facebook recently: In Nomos of the Earth, German political thinker Carl Schmitt suggests the historical importance within traditional Christianity of the idea of the katechontic “restrainer” that allows for a Rome-centered Christianity, and that “meant the historical power to…

  • SKOAL: Short Film

    I’ve written about John Shakely, my grandfather, through his obituary and a later tribute. I’ve started working on his 1950s sailing manuscript, with an eventual goal to release that manuscript as a book through Nittany Valley Press in the next year or so. What I haven’t shared yet is a short film of his Pacific…

  • Cherry-blossom sigh

    All is despoiled, abandoned, sold; Death’s wing has swept the sky of color; All’s eaten by a hungry dolor. What is this light which we behold? Odors of cherry-blossom sigh From the rumored forest beyond the town. At night, new constellations crown The high, clear heavens of July. Closer it comes, and closer still To…

  • Kishacoquillas

    I grew up in awe of the American Indians. There was this powerful spiritual force that surrounded them in my mind. The basics of their marginalization that I learned in school was an opening to learning more about individual American Indian tribes and the people as a people. One of the things I suspect we’re…