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C. R. Wiley

On election night, when the returns come in, folks around the country generally look upon the results from New England with a mixture of horror and puzzlement. Even though I have lived in New England most of my...
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Until you can tell Junior, “I’m not your friend, I’m your father,” you’ll always be a lightweight. Now, some guys like to keep it that way; they like to keep it light. It keeps them from having to...
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How the West Really Lost God by Mary Eberstadt We can hope that Western civilization is in the early stages of awakening from a bad dream. Mary Eberstadt’s...
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The Introduction to, The Young Man’s Guide to Building a House There were giants in the land in those days, but fewer people than there used to be. Now the giants were the typical sort—lumbering and hungry....
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Chapter 4 in The Young Man's Guide to Building a House "And the two shall become one flesh." You don't hear that much anymore, and when you do it is written off as...
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Imaginative conservatives flee from the mass mind, so you should expect their Christmas gifts to come from parts unknown. They haven't run just to be different—heaven forbid. Being obsessed with being unprecedented is itself a symptom of...
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Chapter Three in The Young Man's Guide to Building a House The words love and economy rarely find their ways into the same sentence. Economics has been called the dismal science but people write songs about love....
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The Purloined Boy, by Mortimus Clay Several books into the Harry Potter series, Joseph Bottum wrote that J. K. Rowling's genius was her ability to mush together elements in themselves of...
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Chapter Two in The Young Man's Guide to Building a House A house, you can see with your eyes, comes with walls and a roof. The house I will teach you to...
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Religion for Atheists: A Nonbeliever’s Guide to the Uses of Religion by Alain de Botton. When I learned that Alain de Botton had written a book with the title, Religion for Atheists:...
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I am very hopeful about our long-term prospects, it is the near-term ones I'm worried about.  What's the near-term?—the next few hundred years, give or take a century. Since the near-term is when my children and...
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Chapter One in The Young Man's Guide to Building a House Experts in this sort of thing tell us that there are three tasks you must perform in order...
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Pastor Ricky had placed all his hopes on the Hawaiian shirt. He wanted to connect with people and he had seen one of those television preachers wearing one. The people at the TV preacher’s church were all tanned...
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Recently some astronomers discovered two earth-sized planets orbiting Kepler-20, a star roughly 1,000 light years away. Congratulations to them; their detective work was nearly as awe-inspiring as the news. A flurry of articles...