an alternative ethic

In the current context, where everyone is talking about the world as a global village, it is important to undertake an exploration into the particularities of the indigenous world view of Africa. We wish to sample them because they have...

/ December 2, 2019

Public Education, Justice, and Solidarity

Firing up the ol’ blog machine (in no small part because the excellent Tara Isabella Burton has joined the Mere-O world) for a series of disjointed thoughts on this Atlantic piece about a family that tried to escape the insane...

/ September 17, 2019

“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