Tag: Experiences

  • Entertainment, in its proper place

    I took this photo on Friday afternoon while walking through the little village of Lemont in Central Pennsylvania. I think it fits with these Benedict XVI observations: “Entertainment, in its proper place, is certainly good and enjoyable. It is good to be able to laugh. But entertainment is not everything. It is only a small […]

  • Chesterton’s

    Chesterton’s

    I wrote that other day that Chesterton’s at the University of Mary embodies their Benedictine value of “moderation,” and want to write a bit more about that today and about my experience there. As much a community center as a pub, here’s how Chesterton’s describes itself: Chesterton’s is the community center and “campus pub” located at…

  • Exciting, exhilarating, and ecstatic

    Jody Bottum writes on the space between “sober and dull” versus “drunk and interesting”: Alcohol is the lubricant of social interaction: We rub against each other like rough-cut gears, the burred ratchets of unpolished clockwork, and without a little oil to ease our way, we’d grind one another down to raw metal. Then, too, alcohol…

  • In Rome, windows that open

    I stayed at the Hotel della Conciliazione in Rome for one night earlier this month, and after checking in and throwing open the windows and shutters looked out to take in the sights, sounds, and atmosphere of Borgo Pio, the little street below: This is just two blocks from the Via della Conciliazione, which serves…

  • Philadelphia Marathon

    Philadelphia Marathon

    I ran the Philadelphia Marathon this morning. I woke up just after 5am at my friend’s apartment at 21st and Walnut, and it was dark and raining heavily. I showered, put on my gear, and walked the twenty minutes from the apartment to Eakins Oval, where the race was set to begin at 7am. Thankfully,…