Community & Time

History, sociology, anthropology, civics, politics -- how people, century after century, have learned to live with each other.

The First Thanksgiving: Eight Lessons for Learning from History

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This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series The First Thanksgiving

Putting together a coherent story from evidence is hard work. No wonder we reach for story first and evidence after, unless the discipline of History can teach us better habits!

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Why Hope Isn’t Always a Good Thing

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Hope isn’t wishful thinking. It’s full of requirements.

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Veterans Never Stop Serving

2012 Veterans Day Poster

Even after our veterans take off the uniform, they never stop serving. Many apply the skills and experience they developed on the battlefield to a life of service here at home. They take on roles in their communities as doctors and police officers, engineers and entrepreneurs, mothers and fathers.

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Politics After the Apocalypse

Cover of Plato's "Republic"

If all the libraries in the world were destroyed and you could save only two books of political theory, which would they be?

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Remebering Labor, Entering Rest

To truly make this a holiday, to truly rest in praise of the goodness, truth, & beauty of Labor Day, requires contemplation.

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Watching the Cubs from Bahgdad

Here is what Memorial Day means to me today: it means remembering the connections we have to those who are elsewhere, remembering that the small things we enjoy here at home exist in a larger system of past and present service, sacrifice and justice.

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Exhilaration, Exhaustion, Tennyson

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“The old order changeth, yielding place to new,
And God fulfils Himself in many ways,
Lest one good custom should corrupt the world.”

— Alfred, Lord Tennyson, The Passing of Arthur

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Intermission Music

“I have to admit, it’s getting better…”

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Letter to a Young Voter

It’s late in the election cycle, and I do not know if you have yet registered to vote, but I exhort you as my fellow citizen, my political friend, to go and vote. And after that, to participate in other ways, by reading, commenting, contributing, serving, listening, speaking, advocating. Politics grows from the practice of everyday life in the presence of strangers and friends. It doesn’t matter whether you have everything figured out yet — just participate. Be devoted — make a sacrifice of devotion — to the city and nation in which you have found yourself. They are your family, and they need you.

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