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  • What Kafka, COVID, and Music Have in Common

    What Kafka, COVID, and Music Have in Common0

    The last orchestral performance I went to was shortly after our local orchestra resumed limited, socially distanced performances after the initial shutdown. That was in November 2020, nearly two full months after Governor DeSantis had removed any official statewide restrictions. It was a Kafkaesque experience. At the dawn of the night, I felt really good about it.

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  • As a Husband and Father, I Endorse Harrison Butker’s Speech

    As a Husband and Father, I Endorse Harrison Butker’s Speech3

    In February, Harrison Butker kicked the longest field goal in Super Bowl history—a massive 57-yard three-pointer—to help carry the Kansas City Chiefs to a rollicking win over the San Francisco 49ers. Recently, he’s made headlines again—this time, arguably, for far more profound reasons. Butker was invited to give the commencement address at Benedictine College, a

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  • How a Simple Cup of Tea Can Change Your Life

    How a Simple Cup of Tea Can Change Your Life6

    Traditional living is all the rage right now. Instagram and Facebook are full of ideas about how to make traditional living a part of life. Let’s simplify it. One does not need to own 20 acres of land or have a Jersey cow. One can be traditional anywhere and at any stage in life, whether

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  • Are You a Servant of Tyranny or Liberty?

    Are You a Servant of Tyranny or Liberty?0

    In 1788, George Washington wrote letters to the Marquis de Lafayette during the process of ratifying the proposed Constitution by the states. Washington made clear to General Lafayette the essentials to prevent the new American republic from devolving into “despotic or oppressive form”: limited delegated powers to the government, checks and balances, and “virtue in the body

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  • Why Hitler Loved ‘Social Justice’

    Why Hitler Loved ‘Social Justice’4

    In August 1920 in Munich, a young Adolf Hitler delivered one of his first public speeches before a crowd of some 2,000 people. During his speech, which lasted nearly two hours and was interrupted nearly 60 times by cheers, Hitler touched on a theme he’d repeat in future speeches, stating he did not believe that

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  • ‘The Indian in the Cupboard’: Giving Kids Real Toys, Not Screens

    ‘The Indian in the Cupboard’: Giving Kids Real Toys, Not Screens1

    At a time when action figures and Barbie dollhouses have been replaced by phones, tablets, and computers, it has never been more difficult to fully experience childhood. I recently rewatched one of my favorite films growing up: The Indian in the Cupboard. And while I expected the film to retain its charm, it also made

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