The Missing Link in the Poverty Debates: Fathers and Mothers

I remember being out in the back room in my home in Machias, Maine. I was a librarian’s son, and so there were books in great quantities in said house. I loved it. One day, having finished my latest basketball book (I nurtured something of an obsession with fine sportswriting as a boy), I wandered [Read More…]

Statecraft is Soulcraft and Healthcare Is Health

If you are like me, the niceties of health care policy are not your forte. The recent fracas over health care in America, therefore, may have gone over your head. Better to avoid those technical discussions and keep on keepin’ on. Here’s one thing to think about, though: government decisions affect our lives. Here’s an [Read More…]

The 23-Year Game of Tag

Sometimes you read things that defy the ordinary nature of life. Here’s one: a group of friends has played a game of tag for the last 23 years. It’s regulated–I kid you not–by a legal document. Please, avail yourself: Mr. Dennehy and nine of his friends have spent the past 23 years locked in a [Read More…]

Place Matters: What Do Millennials Want in a Home?

The Wall Street Journal just ran a fun story on what millennials want in a home. Interesting to see how domestic priorities have changed in a few decades: Outdoor space is important—but please, just a place to put the grill and have some friends over. Lawn-mowing not desired. Amenities such as fitness centers, game rooms and [Read More…]

Your Best Image Now

The Wall Street Journal just published a provocative piece, “Are We All Braggarts Now?,” on bragging in the modern era.  The author, Elizabeth Bernstein, began this insightful essay by riffing off of Facebook status updates: Best gift ever from the best husband ever. Swam 30 minutes at a very fast time despite the large amount [Read More…]

Breaking News: Writing Notes by Hand Is Good for You

The Wall Street Journal confirms one of my suspicions (and classroom practices!): writing notes by hand in class is good for you. Read this: Using advanced tools such as magnetic resonance imaging, researchers are finding that writing by hand is more than just a way to communicate. The practice helps with learning letters and shapes, can [Read More…]

Anna Quindlen on the Agony of Writing

Very much enjoyed this Wall Street Journal piece from Anna Quindlen on writing.  She gives many practical thoughts: If I go out for lunch and interrupt my rhythm, I’m sunk. I think that all of those lunches were what diminished Truman Capote’s output. Or maybe it’s that he talked too much about his work. If [Read More…]

Serving the Least: Tim Tebow and the Brain-tumor Victim

I found this excerpt, from one of the 1,000 Tim Tebow journalism pieces on the web at present, quite powerful.  I’m not a Tebow zealot, nor am I a big fan of the unnecessary violence of football, but there’s no arguing with character like this: Mr. Tebow’s acts of goodwill have often been more intimate. [Read More…]

A Beautiful Story on the Power of Music

Caught this moving story in WSJ, the magazine of the Wall Street Journal.  It’s from Tim Westergren, the founder of Pandora, the online personalized radio program: Music is a tremendously powerful medium. I was in a Pandora town-hall meeting in New York. Near the end, this fellow got up. He had lost his hearing about [Read More…]

Tim Keller, Al Mohler, and Ravi Zacharias Agree: Life, Marriage, and Liberty Are Important

The Manhattan Declaration was, as of last night, the 29th most searched term on Google.  It was a “spicy” search term.  So there you go. Justin Taylor blogged it yesterday.  In less than 24 hours, the site has drawn over 7000 signatures.    The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Christian Post, First Things, and other organizations [Read More…]