Month: May 2018

  • To Bismarck

    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. […]

  • Although you cannot bless

    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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • ‘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,…