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.

What’s on Your Plate?

or, How to Visit Your Food

One of the things that has blessed us in our time in this part of Wisconsin has been the chance to live close to our food. It’s not that we sat farther from our plates in the city where I grew up, of course; it’s that we sat further away from the land that was our food’s native home.

Everything to Gain

What if you could right a wrong from your parents generation, and pass on a blessing to your children? What if you could build businesses in the community, cut crime, pollution, and disease, and make a profit doing it?

The Heart of Father’s Day

Of arms & men

Fathers are parents as well; we deal with those who are tender, and weak, and unprepared. Our strength is employed to their good and enjoyed in their company. That is the true heart of a father. It is a context of relationship changes everything.

What is the eternal city?

With a little Roman history and Latin under your belt, you end up seeing more everywhere…. –Harry Mount, A Vote for Latin. I completely agree–with a big thank you to Mrs. Robesonand her teaching descendants today, who taught me lingua latina and classical humanities at Lane Technical High School, and introduced me to the depths […]