Advent Peace

Yesterday was the second Sunday of Advent, and, as promised, I’m posting another round of Advent reflections that I wrote a few years ago. Here’s an excerpt from the one on “peace”: Peace, as St. Augustine says, is more than simply the absence of war. It is the tranquility of order—when all of the spheres [Read More...]

Are You A Patron?

Over at Comment, James K.A. Smith talks about patronage – the kind we all engage in, whether or not we’re wealthy: At the heart of this sense of “patronage” is a vision of cultural life—not just the arts, but even the mundane aspects of commercial exchange—that is rooted inrelationship. When the hardware store thanked me for my patronage, [Read More...]

What Is A Poem?

Every so often (probably more than you’d expect), people say to me, “I just don’t get poetry.” Maybe that’s you. If it is – or even if it isn’t – here’s a helpful piece from The Atlantic. It’s a friendly, non-jargony, slightly cheeky intro to poetry. How many of us believe poetry is useless? How many of us [Read More...]

For You, With Love (And A Stamp)

It’s that time of year: time to send Christmas packages to loved ones who are far away. That’s not quite as fun as being there to see them open the packages, but Kinfolk has some suggestions. Tips and tricks, homemade goods, spices/teas, and other ideas – take a quick look. You might find something good! [Read more...]


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