American Culture is an Anti-Culture

As a child in Sunday school, I learned a song that went: “Be careful, little hands what you do. Be careful, little ears what you hear. Be careful, little eyes what you see.” The goal, I assume, was to give children a catchy way of reminding themselves of the importance of self-discipline, of keeping oneself […]

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Value and the Burden of Neediness

NOTE: Understanding the process by which people assess and create value is crucial to living well  in every arena of endeavor. This is the first post in an occasional series designed to lay out the dynamics by which this mostly invisible process affects us. Being human means having needs. Some of those needs are negligible. […]

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Life is Just One Problem After Another

One recent morning, not long before the alarm went off, the bed where my wife and I were sleeping crashed. Years ago, we put the bed frame on risers to create more room underneath for storage. This arrangement worked just fine until 6:30 on a Sunday morning when the one holding up the top corner […]

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Why People Hate Corporations: A Personal Example

The hard drive on our MacBook died Monday night. Every time we buy a new computer, I dread the day the drive goes kaput. Fortunately, I back up our data pretty regularly so at least the loss was minimal. I made an appointment to take the thing to the genius bar at the nearest Apple […]

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Twitter Has Made Me a Better Man

We like, sometimes, to imagine we are suited to life alone. We like to think we can press on and get things done with no help, and certainly no interference, from anyone else. Our culture encourages this. Modern people tend to regard themselves as individuals who happen to live in proximity to other individuals. Ours […]

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Stay Inside Yourself

When the fictional Dillon Panthers are on the verge of winning a state championship in the final episode of season one of Friday Night Lights, Coach Taylor tell his players to stay inside themselves.  This seems like odd advice to give to a group of young men facing the enormous pressure of being tested in […]

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People Love Fixer Upper Because Their Lives are Broken

When Chip and Joanna Gaines, the hosts of HGTV’s Fixer Upper, came into the national spotlight a few weeks ago for attending a church whose pastor had made some remarks critical of gay marriage, an interesting thing happened. In previous years, something like this would have ended the Gaines’ public career. The fact that this […]

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On the Necessity of Romance

More and more, I think about romance. Mostly, I notice its absence. By romance, I mean not that mysterious process by which men and women are drawn together, but the larger dynamic of which the springing forth of love affairs is but a part. By “romance”, I mean all the experiences and attitudes that make […]

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A Podcast Experiment

I picked up my iPad tonight and threw together this podcast. Sound quality is not perfect, but it’s audible. This is an experiment to see what might be possible in this medium. Let me know what you think. Listen to “An Experiment” on Spreaker. _________________________________________ Thank you for reading this post. If you found it […]

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On The Temptations of Politics

Next to the defeat of Clinton and the consequent derailment of her globalist, left-wing agenda, the best thing about the election season is that it’s over. Trump won, and from here out we will return to the daily grind of governing and being governed. Even if the new normal entails endless protests from disgruntled children […]

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