The Speechwriter, by Barton Swaim

The Speechwriter Many will remember the name of Mark Sanford, the former governor of South Carolina.  Sanford’s adulterous relationship overseas was big news a few years back.  Sanford currently serves as US Congressmen for the first district of South Carolina. What is it like to be a political speechwriter?  What is it like to be [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings 24 October 2015

Phil Hersh on the Cubs last game: A team strong enough to buck not only its own history but that of teams that get eliminated in Championship Series sweeps. The Cubs are the eighth team to get swept in the NLCS or ALCS since 1985, when the format was expanded to best-of-seven, and none of [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 26 September 2015

Our Franciscan Pope in prayer. Image. A full-time college student, by Brent Ashcroft: ALLENDALE, Mich. — Most of today’s college students plan to do the usual four years of undergrad studies, get their degree, then enter the workforce. For others, it may take a while longer. Then there’s the rare few who love campus life [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 19 September 2015

It’s been a good week here in our village and this next week our school year at Northern gets underway officially — faculty retreat and then classes begin! I’m looking forward to meeting our new students (so many good and gifted students at Northern) and to teaching a course on Jesus and another on Paul. [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 12 September 2015

Enjoy a new set of links to blogs and news, providing you some fun for Saturday morning coffee and breakfast. Once again Kris found a number of these links and single-handedly at times seems to keep this Saturday offering on its feet. Quality time? Nope, there’s no substitute for presence, by Frank Bruni: There’s simply [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 5 September 2015

Meet the musical Kellys! By Dahleen Glanton: The family’s morning routine begins at 5 a.m. in a vacant lot across the street. Dressed in T-shirts and shorts, the children line up for a CrossFit exercise session, using kettle bells, old tires and ropes. Their father sits on a wooden box nearby, making sure that everyone [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 22 August 2015

Church in the trees or church of the trees? Image credit. I read this week a leader or two who were critical of the women who qualified as Rangers, and was frankly a combination of amazement and disgusted. They made it on their own, and I wanted to ask the critics to prove they could [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 8 August 2015

Is the decade of the City? Mexico’s largest mural: Image PACHUCA, Mexico (AP) — A community project in central Mexico is bringing art to people’s homes. Literally. A group of artists known as the Germ Collective have spent 14 months turning the hillside neighborhood of Las Palmitas into a giant, colorful mural in an effort [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 1 August 2015

Moriah Balingit, on teaching: McGranaghan now teaches environmental science at Loudoun Valley High School, and his un­or­tho­dox class gets his teen students into the wild as much as possible. They take field trips in canoes and hike to the woods nearby to study trees and wildlife. Students even suit up in galoshes to wade into [Read More...]

Weekly Meanderings, 27 June 2015

A morning coffee to you. The bee highway: The city of Oslo now has what it’s calling a bee highway — a path of flowering plants designed to keep bees well-fed as they pass through the urban area. Supporters hope that initiatives like this one can help protect bees — one third of Norway’s native bee species are [Read More...]