“You have got to feed the biology of the soil.”

I have long been interested in the work of the Land Institute and their perennial crops, so I appreciated this story about how people are trying to use them: “Mainstream agriculture, they just don’t get it,” says Jerry Doan, standing...

/ January 14, 2019

exposing the wounds in the Church

I really wish this New Yorker profile of Karen Swallow Prior had been about three times as long, but it’ll have to do for now: The next morning, we shared a breakfast of scrambled eggs with some venison that Roy had...

/ January 11, 2019

whither conservatism?

While there’s a lot more that could be said and a lot of things that could be said differently (as I hope to in a forthcoming essay for Mere-O), I appreciated this assessment from Timothy Shenk at Dissent of where things are...

/ January 10, 2019

“legalizing marijuana won’t solve those disparities”

I found this interview with Alex Berenson, who just wrote a new book about the dangers of marijuana, very interesting and well-balanced: TMP: In your Times op-ed, you suggest that the ominous scholarly findings have been ignored thanks to legalization advocates...

/ January 9, 2019

Jenny & Tyler, “A Boy & a Girl (We’re Getting Older)”

Sorry there was no post yesterday. Today I wanted to share a sweet music video from Jenny & Tyler’s latest record, There Will Be A Song:

/ January 8, 2019

The Tech-Wise Family Challenge

My wife and I read Andy Crouch’s The Tech-Wise Family last year and really enjoyed it. (We have also really enjoyed putting some of its recommendations into practice! Now, there’s a 21-day challenge you can do with your family, starting...

/ January 4, 2019

what role do traditional healers have in a modern healthcare system?

On the fence just down the street from the hospital where I work in Kenya, there is a sign for a “Dr. Musa” promising treatments for everything from “business” to “male strength”. Sometimes as I walk through town, I will...

/ January 3, 2019

$2.1 trillion in dirty money annually

I felt like this interview itself was a little short and didn’t quite get to the point, but I am very interested in the degree to which the international finance industry might be reformed to help make corruption and crime...

/ January 2, 2019

“Is redemption even possible?”

It’s impossible not to be moved by this story about gang members in El Salvador finding redemption for their souls (and practical help for their very difficult post-gang life!) in local churches: As I speak to Gomez, the former gang...

/ January 1, 2019

employee stock ownership plans

I really appreciated Rachel Cohen’s discussion of what an employee stock ownership plan is and why there’s enthusiasm for them: Unlike conservatives, who have defended employee ownership on the grounds that it’s most certainly not socialism — indeed, it turns laborers into capitalists —...

/ December 31, 2018