These Democrats Should Run for Senate instead of President in 2020

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With today’s announcement by Montana governor Steve Bullock that he is throwing his hat in the ring for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, we now have 23 nationally recognized candidates running.  With the field wide open and a troubled incumbent, this is to an extent understandable.  However, (and I’m by no means the first to […]

DBH: Can we relax about “socialism”?

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David Bentley Hart reworks his Facebook post from last year (which I posted about at the time) into a New York Times opinion piece. It’s still sharp and incisive in all the best ways. A snippet or two: I have lived abroad often enough to be conscious of the flaws in various nations’ social democratic […]

Finished reading, an early 2019 compendium

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Maybe I’ll start posting these every time again… but for now I’ve got a long-ish list of books I’ve finished already this year. Particular standouts are in bold. Here goes nothin’: All That’s Good: Recovering the Lost Art of Discernment by Hannah AndersonFruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas ContrerasEmpires of the Word: A […]

Richard Beck: In defense of heretics

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I really appreciated this from Richard Beck today: People don’t just wake up one day to suddenly and brazenly espouse a heresy. In my experience, you end up a heretic because there’s a gnawing theological issue that’s keeping you up at night. The burden and size of this issue often grows and grows until a […]

Opening Day

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It’s been a long winter. Heck, it’s been a long week. Which makes today a particularly happy one: it’s opening day for Major League Baseball. (OK, the Mariners and A’s played two games in Japan a week ago that were officially regular season games, but today is the real opening day.) I’ve enjoyed baseball since […]

Current Earworm

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I’m accompanying a local friend who’s a high school senior when he sings for state contest in a couple weeks. I have now had this song he’s singing stuck in my head since last Sunday night. “Vagabond”, with text by Robert Louis Stevenson and music by Ralph Vaughan Williams. There are worse earworms, I guess, […]

My latest fascination

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I’ve never been particularly a jewelry or fashion guy. I’ve worn a watch inconsistently over the years, usually a cheap digital for running. My wife has made her best attempts a couple times during our 20-some-year relationship to give me nicer watches, and while I did indeed like them, they never really took. Enough dead […]

Strange Planet

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One of my favorite discoveries as of late has been the new webcomic Strange Planet. Apparently only published via Instagram, artist Nathan W. Pyle explores mundane human activities through the lens of aliens. It’s delightful and odd. A characteristic example: I don’t know how long Mr. Pyle can sustain this pace and level of observation, […]