Month: May 2018

  • Stability and specialness of place

    K.E. Colombini on the impermanence of place: When I was young, I had a recurring dream. I’d be walking home from grade school—it was a walk of only a few blocks—and I’d pass the house that sat next-door to mine on the school side. I expected to see my home beyond the neighbors’ tall hedge, […]

  • Vincent Lambert and unresponsive wakefulness

    Vincent Lambert’s life hangs in the balance in French courts at the moment, as his wife continues efforts to withdraw his food and water (which would lead to his death, due to his brain injury and inability to feed himself) and his parents’ efforts to affirm his right to life and continue providing him food…

  • Ordered home life

    One of the things I’ve been wondering about lately is what the “minimum viable” home size for a family of two adults and two children might be. In the spirit of erring on the leaner side, I wonder whether something like an ~800 square foot, 1 BR apartment might work for say, the first ten…

  • Dependent suburban lifestyles

    Johnny Sanphillippo at Granola Shotgun shares the experience of walking through Thousand Oaks, a typical Southern California neighborhood: I’m just a geek who likes seeing how people occupy the landscape. … I believe our institutions and society are all in a lot of trouble and I’m trying to figure out how to ride out a difficult…

  • Ringing the bells

    Terence Sweeney shares his story of ringing out the church bells of his West Philadelphia church after many silent years: Our lovely set of named bells ranges from big deep Adolphus (key of E) all the way down to tiny bright Gervaise (F-sharp). Adolphus is larger than a rather more famous bell here in Philadelphia,…