Daybook–13th July 2016

Readings: Lord Acton, de Tocqueville, and the tension inherent in defining the conservative The struggles and successes of an attempt at defining “black conservatism” The rationality of belief “…the coming-to-the-end-of-things feeling that haunts seasides…” In praise of minor literature The … Continue reading

Daybook, 11th July 2016

Spent a lot of the weekend thinking and reading about beauty and faithfulness. Today’s Daybook reflects such things. Readings: As I’ve stated before, a man who increasingly positions himself as an intellectual hero of mine is John Randolph of Roanoke. … Continue reading

Daybook, 8th July 2016

Another heavy heart this morning. Police killed in Dallas, and I’ve had a sick feeling in my stomach for the last twelve hours (I slept rather restlessly) that there’s….something….coming. We’re reaching a tipping point, it seems, at which America must … Continue reading

Daybook, 7th July 2015

A heavy day, marked by the second well-publicized shooting of a black man by a police officer in as many days. On Twitter, I’m amazed at the disparate cross-section of people who are all frustrated by by this, demanding and … Continue reading

Daybook, 6th July 2016

After long months of neglect, I bring back one of my favorite things I’ve ever done of the internet–the Daybook. Readings: An introduction to John Cuddeback’s ongoing series of the humanity contained, but now often forgotten and suppressed, in the … Continue reading

Daybook, 21 May 2015

Yesterday, my wife and I had our first ultrasound. Seeing our baby in there suddenly made everything incredibly real; Meredith joked and said, “Now, it’s like I realize I’m actually pregnant. It’s not that I’ve been eating a lot of … Continue reading

Daybook, 20 May 2015

Today, the Church celebrates Alcuin, who did more to preserve and pass down the traditions and thoughts of Roman Antiquity than perhaps any other single person. He is a superb example of scholarship done for the common good, as well … Continue reading

Daybook, 15 May 2015

Today (transferred from yesterday because of Ascension), vast swaths of Christendom (especially those with monastic traditions) celebrate the life of St. Pachomius, the traditional founder of communal monasticism. Monasticism has always been something deeply attractive to me, though I doubt … Continue reading