Browsing through some of your old textbooks (in my case, really old textbooks) can offer some surprises. I have a few from college and two from high school, and the college texts have markups in the margins that I recognize as my own handwriting. Kelly Belmonte was looking through a textbook on 17th century British literature, and discovered she still remembered a poem by George Herbert she had memorized.
What’s old is new again. I had seen a few references, or people muttering, about secession sentiment in various states – Oregon, Illinois, California, New York, and Virginia. What seemed to give the muttering a bit of a push was 91 of the 95 counties in Virginia declaring themselves “sanctuaries” for gun ownership rights – that anything the new Democratic legislature did to restrict gun ownership rights would not be enforced. That led to a large demonstration in Richmond, which apparently was significant enough for several Democratic senators to vote against a gun restriction bill. Then West Virginia’s governor offered to accept the Virginia counties into his state, something of a reversal of when West Virginia broke off from Virginia during the Civil War.
We may think this is all highly amusing, but the culture wars seem to be entering a new phase. John Devanny at The Imaginative Conservative writes about Virginia’s new secession crisis, and Valerie Richardson at the Washington Times considers the new secession sentiment taking hold.
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Writing and Literature
The Mystical Vision of G.K. Chesterton's Father Brown – Sean Johnson at Forma Review.
“Travels with Charley”: America as Experiment – Rick Wilcox at Literary Life.
Beowulf: The Mound and the Dragon – Mark Patton at English Historical Fiction Authors.
Red-throated wryneck – Joe Spring at Joe Spring Writes.
“The Gravel Walks” by Seamus Heaney – read by Amanda Holmes at The American Scholar.
Everlasting Youth: The callow genius of Percy Bysse Shelley – Algis Valiunas at The Claremont Review of Books.
The Power of Guilt – Mark Loughbridge at Gentle Reformation.
Fidel was Robin Hood. Fidel was a Monster – Karen Alea at Narratively.
Pathmaking, Forgetfulness, and the Recovery of Memory – Drew Miller at The Rabbit Room.
To Anyone Who Thinks Christianity is Hateful or Bigoted – Bruce Ashford at Lifeway Voices.
Why Are There So Few Christians in Academia? – Thomas Kidd at The Gospel Coalition.
Can I Walk by Faith if My Faith is Small? – Michele Morin at Living Our Days.
Obedience is Better than Greek – Seth Lewis.
'A Hidden Life' Hides Too Much of Franz Jägerstätter's Life – Church Life Notre Dame.
Mainstream press misses backstory of why Francis (for now) has vetoed married clergy – Clemente Lisi at Get Religion.
Trump and Sanders vs. the Elites – Jesse Sumpter at CrossPolitic Studios.
Fields of Gold – Sting (1993)
Painting: A Seated Old Man Reading, oil on canvas by Jacques-Henri Sablet (1749-1803).