Two Years Until Patheos Hits the Age of Reason


Patheos is celebrating it's fifth birthday this week, and they've asked us bloggers to reflect a little on our time here and to share a little list of recommended posts.  It so happens, when I was poking back in my archive, that I noticed that my blog is about a month away from it's four year anniversary, since I started it during the summer before my senior year of college.  I've done the math, and it looks like I've racked up about 86% of the posts I should have if I'd faithfully posted every d … [Read more...]

Making and Breaking Deals… in SPACE

SpaceX Dragon

My most recent pieces for The American Conservative are about bargains that are questionably made and broken, and one of them is out of this world.  First up, a kind of rigged deal that has probably affected every reader of this blog, followed by boycotts you may have participated in, and, finally, a disputed deal that justified the photo from space above.  General Mills and Consumers’ Contracting Access to Courts In films, signing a contract is a considered, deliberate affair. Pens ar … [Read more...]

Good Failures and Bad Fixes

derby girls

In two of my recent posts for The American Conservative, I got to review Megan McArdle's The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success and to take a crack at improving a not quite fubar'd health insurance survey.  I'm also still pleased that my editor let me get away with using the roller derby image above as the featured image for the McArdle.  I can still remember, from the one time I went to a roller derby bootcamp, the coach saying "Fall up!  Fall up! Don't lose mome … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday to the Bard!

What's the correct collective noun for Shakespeares? Suggestions in the comments, please.

To celebrate Shakespeare's birthday, here's a sonnet that's particularly on point for this blog.Sonnet 94They that have power to hurt and will do none, That do not do the thing they most do show, Who, moving others, are themselves as stone, Unmoved, cold, and to temptation slow; They rightly do inherit heaven's graces And husband nature's riches from expense; They are the lords and owners of their faces, Others but stewards of their excellence. The summer's flower is to the … [Read more...]

Predictions, Prophets, and Property


The Pope Francis bookclub will resume next week.  Since we finished the "Encountering Jesus" section of the book last week, I'd prefer to wait to start the next section "Manifestations of Light" until after Easter, since it feels odd to read and blog in that section during the same week I'm going to the Dominican House of Studies for Tenebrae services.In lieu of the book post, I'll share two anecdotes from the weekend.  I was up in New York to volunteer as a guest instructor for my old e … [Read more...]

A Lens on Killing and Forgiveness


This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, and, over at The New York Times Magazine, a photographer has put together a series of portraits of Rwandans who have reconciled with the people who killed their friends and families. The people who agreed to be photographed are part of a continuing national effort toward reconciliation and worked closely with AMI (Association Modeste et Innocent), a nonprofit organization. In AMI’s program, small groups of Hutus and Tutsis are co … [Read more...]

Just War, Culture War, Cyber… frackup

cap'n leah

Time for another roundup of this week's writing for The American Conservative.  First up, my review of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Steve Rogers's approach to loving your enemies.  Captain America Skips Politics, Stays Personal Usually, when Americans are characterized as thinking in black and white, it’s because we’ve divided the world or just our nation into “us” and “them” and are out to get rid of them as in President Bush’s statement, “Either you are with us, or you ar … [Read more...]