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  • Making Meaning Is the Antidote to Troubled Feelings

    Making Meaning Is the Antidote to Troubled Feelings1

    A contemporary writer on Stoicism, Ryan Holiday, recently observed: Professional writers quickly learn one reality of the job: you have more bad days than good days. It’s the rare day that the writer finds that the words come out exactly the way they were in their head. More often, one is disappointed, distracted, struggling, committed

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  • Can Female Liberation Be Found in Marriage?

    Can Female Liberation Be Found in Marriage?4

    What does a fulfilling, self-focused life look like, according to liberated feminism? Spa nights alone in a fancy apartment, perhaps. A boss babe CEO who enjoys hooking up on the weekends. Plastic surgery and perhaps a cute pet to post on Instagram. But what else is part and parcel of this life? An epidemic of

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  • The Virtue We Don’t Talk About Enough

    The Virtue We Don’t Talk About Enough1

    When most people think of character, there is a list of attributes or “traits” that comes readily to mind. Some of the more common ones might be honesty, responsibility, patience, perseverance, loyalty, and courage. These are lofty attributes indeed, and it’s a shame that they seem to get little more than lip service from many

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  • I Was a Girl Scout. Here’s Why My Daughters Won’t Be One.

    I Was a Girl Scout. Here’s Why My Daughters Won’t Be One.6

    It was summertime at Camp Cedarledge, and I was in Totem Village, Ahwenasa unit. The cabins were spacious and airy, with four beds each and room for our suitcases under each bed. Most days were spent marching around the acreage to attend swimming practice, arts and crafts, tying knots, first aid training, group games, and

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  • Happier, More Connected Neighborhoods Start Right in the Front Yard

    Happier, More Connected Neighborhoods Start Right in the Front Yard1

    A salve for America’s loneliness epidemic could exist right in front of its homes. Front yards are a staple of many American neighborhoods. Lush plantings, porches or trinkets can capture the attention of passersby and spark conversation. Other lawns say “stay away,” whether it’s through imposing fences or foreboding signs. But to what extent do

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  • Beware the Architects of Illusion

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    “In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.” So goes the old saying. In Intellectual Takeout contributor Walker Larson’s fantasy novel Hologram, however, Aaron Castillian becomes a king of sorts precisely because he is blind, at least in a particular way. After his people’s enemy, the Voturans, devastate Aaron’s hometown and kill

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