A whole life, in the space of an hour

Elizabeth Bruenig writes with “all the spiritual advice” she has, “learned through experience, not study” which resonates with me as we approach Easter: About an hour passes between the second time Peter denies knowing Jesus and the third and final time. It must have felt like an eternity, sitting there in the nighttime firelight, overcome…

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‘Neither confirm nor deny’

Joseph Goldstein reports that the New York Supreme Court has ruled that New York City police can now refuse transparency by employing the CIA tactic of “neither confirming nor denying” public requests for information: On Thursday, New York State’s highest court told the New York Police Department that it was free to use the phrase…

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Livable places

Hazel Borys writes: Tonight I was thinking back through all of the places I’ve lived, correlating the physical form of the places to the size of my circle of friends. While completely an anecdote of a sample size of one, I noticed that when I lived in more walkable locations, I certainly had a much…

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Digital minimalism

Cal Newport writes about “digital minimalism“, a concept and a book he’s drafting: In late 2017, as part of my research for a book I’m writing on digital minimalism, I invited my mailing list subscribers to participate in an experiment I called the digital declutter. The idea was simple. During the month of January, 2018,…

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What Newsweek knew

There’s this debate in America, or what I think is often a sort of pretend debate, about the moral status of the human life that’s in the womb of a pregnant woman. That is, about what precise it is that a woman is pregnant with. We’re left with two troublesome factions in American life, neither…

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Computer science and digital literacy

Fred Wilson’s post on the push to make computer science a standard part of New York state public school curriculum got me thinking, and specifically the struggle to make that happen outside of the cities, got me thinking. I support the addition of computer science as a standard part of K-12 curriculum, so long as…

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Regret and virtue

On the use of regret to live a more virtuous life: To “live life without regrets” is impossible because we are imperfect. There are thoughts, words, and deeds which all of us must repent. “Regrets, I’ve had a few but, then again, too few to mention,” sang Frank Sinatra in the incalculably pompous song, “My…

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Transcending regret

Søren Kierkegaard in Either/Or: If you marry, you will regret it; if you do not marry, you will also regret it; if you marry or if you do not marry, you will regret both; whether you marry or you do not marry, you will regret both. Laugh at the world’s follies, you will regret it;…

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Ave Maria highlights Hollow

A fun short video that Ave Maria University released featuring Hollow, Ben and Michael Novak’s dog: I met Anna Kunza once or twice when visiting Ben in the last year or two. Her experience of Hollow opening your eyes to see a familiar place with new eyes resonates. It’s what all of us can and…

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Philadelphia criminal justice reforms

Larry Krasner, Philadelphia’s new District Attorney, seems to truly be reforming the justice system for the better. Shaun King writes: When lifelong civil rights attorney Larry Krasner was elected in a landslide this past November to become the new district attorney of Philadelphia, to say that his fans and supporters had high hopes would be…

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