Month: August 2019

  • ‘One life, that my dear land may live’

    Happy Labor Day weekend—an appropriate time for honoring our country and those who forged her. Do you know the story of Nathan Hale? Here’s William Ordway Partridge’s tribute: One hero dies—a thousand new ones rise, As flowers are sown where perfect blossoms fall; Then quite unknown, the name of Hale now cries Wherever duty sounds her […]

  • As names of loved ones

    I was in the Catholic Information Center on K Street recently after work, browsing their new releases. I picked up A Time to Die: Monks on the Threshold of Eternal Life, and came across this passage on the life and death of Brother Théophane: During the last months of his life, the monks often heard…

  • Camille Paglia’s provocations

    Emily Esfahani Smith writes on Camille Paglia as “maverick critic and scholar” on the publication of her latest book: Like Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom who sprouted adult-like from the head of Zeus, Paglia appears to have entered the world fully formed. She was born in working-class Endicott, New York, in 1947, when thousands…

  • Figure out what your story is

    I listened to the latest from The Jordan B. Peterson Podcast on Monday night, “Why You Should Treat Yourself as if You Have Value,” which is also a chapter from his 12 Rules for Life. The episode is a lecture from July 2018 that Jordan Peterson delivered in Edmonton. At approx. 25 minutes, he riffs:…

  • Fixer

    Fifteen years ago it felt like most of the internet was about sharing good things and forming somewhat intimate communities. Today, there are so many more people online, and I’ve read some speculate that the sheer increase in the number of connected people has contributed to the greater focus on mob-style trends and sentiments. The…