Tag: Experiences

  • Everything but the stars

    I’m settling down after a week on of travel and hotels, so today I’m just sharing this: “Generations brought up in centrally heated and air-conditioned homes and schools, shot from place to place encapsulated in culturally sealed-off buses, who swim in heated, chlorinated pools devoid of current, swirl or tide, where even the build-up from one’s […]

  • Materialism and personal identity

    Joshua Becker writes about his visit to Poland, where he spoke on minimalism and had some incredible encounters. After his talk, Darek, the organizer of the conference he was participating in, shared this during the question/answer session: “Joshua, can I tell you more about why I invited you here today? When I was younger, I…

  • Campfires among men

    A few years ago I was in Ave Maria, Florida visiting Ben and Michael Novak. One afternoon, I was out walking Hollow, their incredibly wolf-like shepherd/husky. We were walking Annunciation Circle around Ave Maria Oratory, and as we neared the “Bean” coffee shop I met a young student named Peter. Peter knew Hollow immediately, because…

  • Leisure requires thought

    Jane Clark Scharl writes: In his book Leisure: The Basis of Culture, [Joseph] Pieper writes, “In order to gain a clear notion of leisure, we must begin by setting aside the prejudice . . . that comes from overvaluing the sphere of work.” … Leisure requires thought, particularly the kind of thought we call contemplation. This…

  • Eulogy closes

    Eulogy Belgian Tavern in Old City, Philadelphia closed suddenly: After shutting down for what was to be a week’s renovations, Mike Naessens has chosen to close Eulogy Belgian Tavern for good after 15 years at 136 Chestnut St. in Old City. In short, he’s concerned for his safety. Over a two-year span, Naessans said Friday, three…