To Bismarck

Flying through Chicago to Bismarck for a few days. Great view of the Chicago lakeshore on approach to O’Hare, and patriotic view as I walked through the terminal. I’ll be visiting the University of Mary in Bismarck for a few days of bioethics study. It’ll be my first time back in the Dakotas in a while.…

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Although you cannot bless

A pretty day in Philadelphia, preparing for upcoming travel. Here’s Auden’s “As I Walked Out One Evening,” because “life remains a blessing, although you cannot bless…” As I walked out one evening, Walking down Bristol Street, The crowds upon the pavement Were fields of harvest wheat. And down by the brimming river I heard a…

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In Bonaventure Cemetery

In John Muir’s “A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf” he shares his experience “camping among the tombs” of Savannah’s Bonaventure Cemetery: October 9. After going again to the express office and post office, and wandering about the streets, I found a road which led me to the Bonaventure graveyard. If that burying-ground across the Sea of…

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Progress in philosophy

Agnes Callard engages with Tyler Cowen’s question, “Has there been progress in philosophy?” Here’s a bit of her response: But if philosophical thinking is getting better and better—more precise, truthful, articulate, deep—why should we still read Aristotle or Maimonides?   The reason we need to do the history of philosophy is precisely that philosophy has made massive…

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‘We’ve lost our engine’

Murray Lundberg’s recounting of his ill-fated July 30, 1987 flight north of Vancouver is riveting from its end to its beginning. Here’s a bit: Finally we were passing the lights of Vancouver. All that remained were 12 minutes over the cold waters of the Gulf of Georgia, on this night an inky, threatening void. Half-way across,…

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Pursuing what seems good

Ireland has voted to repeal the 8th Amendment to its constitution, which was passed in September 1983 to strengthen its existing law to “recognise the equal right to life of the mother and the unborn.” The specific language: The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right…

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Stone and glass

Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church sits just across the street from the Marriott Marquis, where yesterday’s National Catholic Prayer Breakfast took place. The contrast between old and new Washington could hardly be better captured than in these scenes:

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National Catholic Prayer Breakfast

I attended the 2018 National Catholic Prayer Breakfast this morning. In its 14th year, it features a few notable speakers each year and is modeled to some degree after the National Prayer Breakfast. An incredibly well-run breakfast that ended exactly one minute before it was scheduled to conclude, it was tough to be disappointed. Held…

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Logan Circle, spring view

It’s been a while since I shared a view from the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network office above Logan Circle. We’re 11 stories up, but it doesn’t quite look like that. Beautiful spring day, heading to Washington later this morning for tomorrow’s National Catholic Prayer Breakfast and tonight’s pre-breakfast reception.

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Leisure as activity undertaken for its own sake

Gracy Olmstead on properly understanding leisure: As Elizabeth Bruenig recently wrote for the Washington Post, “There’s a balance to be struck where it comes to work and rest, but in the United States, values and laws are already slanted drastically in favor of work.” … But ancient philosophers argued that the good life involved leisure:…

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