Develop your passion, don’t ‘find’ it

Cal Newport writing more on the problem of the “find your passion” line of thinking, and sharing Melissa De Witte’s piece suggesting “developing your passion” rather than “finding it.” Why? Because: The belief that interests arrive fully formed and must simply be “found” can lead people to limit their pursuit of new fields and give…

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LOVE Park to Kansas City

It’s hot, humid, and beautiful in Philadelphia this morning. I’m headed to Kansas City shortly to meet Bobby Schindler and attend the second half of this year’s National Right to Life Convention. Looking forward to hearing Wesley Smith, and potentially others if time allows. Archbishop Joseph Naumann will be keynoting; his keynote at last month’s…

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Anthony Kennedy

Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the Supreme Court yesterday. He’s the last of the Reagan appointees on the Supreme Court, and he’s the last of the 1980s high court justices. Kennedy turns 82 next month, and he’s earned retirement. Who comes next? And what sort of country will she or he help foster? In…

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Writers and subscriptions

I’m excited about Automattic’s acquisition of Atavist, a platform that lets anyone create a website offering subscription-based content: Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, WooCommerce, Longreads, Simplenote and a few other things, is acquiring Brooklyn-based startup Atavist. Atavist has been working on a content management system for independent bloggers and writers. With an Atavist website, you…

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Native American Veterans Memorial

Kriston Capps writes on the National Museum of the American Indian’s forthcoming veterans memorial: The circle at the center of the next memorial to U.S. veterans represents the cycles of life, nature, the seasons, and the elements. The circle is also the anchor for a special, and highly unique, stage in Washington, D.C.: a space…

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Voice control in hotel rooms

Sarah Perez writes that Amazon is coming to hotels: Amazon this morning is announcing a new program called Alexa for Hospitality, designed to bring its voice assistant technology to everything from chain hotels to vacation rentals. The system can be customized to include key guest information, like checkout time or pool hours; allows guests to…

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Cathedral Basilica mass

After landing in Philadelphia yesterday, I stopped in the office to check the mail and take care of some things. Then I headed downstairs to enjoy Sister Cities Park in front of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul. I realized it was coming up on 5pm, and that the 5:15pm Vigil Mass would…

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Ducklings at St. Joseph’s Lake

During our lunchtime break yesterday at the Vita Institute, I hopped onto a Limebike and rode from South Dining Hall to the Knute Rockne Memorial Building, through some of the dormitories, and down past the Grotto to the lakes. It had been drizzling a bit, and was a bit chilly and damp from the rain.…

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Everything is that firework

The question of being, the wondering about our origins and the basis for our existence, is the question that nags at the human heart. Bishop Robert Barron addresses this today in reflecting on Matthew 6:19-23, today’s Gospel reading: Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus tells his disciples not to store up treasures for themselves on earth,…

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Notre Dame’s new (old) neighborhood

Since Sunday was our rest day at Notre Dame, during an otherwise intensive Vita Institute, I left my room at Ryan Hall and hopped onto a nearby Limebike for a ride down to Eddy Commons for lunch. I’ve been to Eddy Commons a number of times before; it’s a compact “downtown” in miniature adjacent to…

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