This living hand

John Keats: This living hand, now warm and capable Of earnest grasping, would, if it were cold And in the icy silence of the tomb, So haunt thy days and chill thy dreaming nights That thou would wish thine own heart dry of blood So in my veins red life might stream again, And thou…

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Warm, nameless spaces

As I was walking through Center City last week, past 12th Street toward Broad, this incredible little restaurant with large open alley doors and warm, bright interior stunned me by its sheer unexpectedness. Happening upon places like this, with their little worlds of activity playing out right in front of you and welcoming you to…

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Warby Parker

I didn’t need glasses until maybe two years ago, when I realized how difficult it had become to make out the details of road signs and other distant things. After visiting an optometrist in, I think, 2013 and the arrival of my first Warby Parkers a week or two later, I was amazed to realize…

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Specialization

Matías Ventura Bausero writes on “the shallowness of specialization,” which is that it can furnish a false sense of comprehension even at the same time that it creates a rigid, self-referential frame of thinking. He’s from Montevideo, in Uruguay, and so there are some words in here that might seem strange. It’s a good reflection…

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Center City rain showers

Earlier this week I was in our office at the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network, whose windows look out over Logan Circle in Center City Philadelphia, when one of those massive, heavy rain showers swept from the west across the city. It felt more like a summer rain shower than an autumn one, but…

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Charlie Brown and consistency

I read Peanuts growing up, along with the slew of other cartoons that appeared each day in the print edition of The Intelligencer, the local newspaper for Warminster, Bucks County, Pennsylvania where I grew up. But Peanuts always stood apart for me in terms of its thoughtfulness in both its depth and art. Fr. James V.…

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Applying quantum theory

Tim Johnson reports on latest developments in quantum computing, which seems likely to reshape how we think of technology generally and computing in particular in this century: “We don’t know exactly where the United States is. I fervently hope that a lot of this work is taking place in a classified setting,” said R. Paul…

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Justice as moral habit

Rep. Henry Hyde’s remarks upon chairing the House Judiciary Committee: In our American system, justice is not an abstraction. Like all the virtues, justice is a moral habit; we become a just society by acting justly. The duty to “promote justice,” which we lay upon ourselves when we pledge to defend the Constitution, is a…

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Eastern Standard Time

I was passing through 30th Street Station in Philadelphia last Thursday, on my way back from Washington, and took a photo of one of my favorite details about the place: the early 20th century Art Deco-style clocks bearing “Eastern Standard Time” lettering. (You can just see Spirit of Transportation in the far lower background.) What…

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Penn State v. Michigan

Watching Penn State beat Michigan last night was just downright fun, from Saquon Barkley’s opening touchdown 42 seconds into the game, to the seconds that the clock ticked to zero with #2 Penn State over #19 Michigan 42-13. These sorts of seasons come so infrequently, you just have to relax and enjoy the magic of…

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