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Julie Baldwin

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Let us see gift-giving less as an obligation or a buy-in to the commercialism of the season, and more as a sign of affection... It’s less than a week till Christmas, and you realize that you cannot give Brad Birzer’s Russell Kirk: American Conservative biography...
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I over-texted my husband pictures of our thirteen-month-old tonight: First she was eating a meatball; then she was attempting to climb on top of something; then she was on my head, ripping off my glasses....
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Looking for Anne of Green Gables: the Story of L.M. Montgomery and Her Literary Classic by Irene Gammel “You’re young, and I’m old, but our souls are...
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When I first read "Against Mumford" by Matthew Schmitz at First Thoughts, I wondered if we had listened to the same songs. Schmitz's review of English folk-rock band Mumford and Sons's second album "Babel"...
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If it’s two weeks till Christmas and you haven’t bought most of your Christmas presents (like me), you’re in luck! This is your chance to prove your creativity, with my expertise in responding to panicky situations. I’m currently...
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Hippopotamuses make lovely Christmas presents. Growing up, my favorite children's book was George and Martha: The Complete Stories of Two Best Friends by James Marshall (the brilliant mind behind Merry Christmas, Space Case and Miss Nelson Is Missing!, among other gems). George...

To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour. —William Blake, "To See a World..." I've never...

After convincing my fiance that it would be so much better to watch the life of Margaret Thatcher than a movie involving aliens attacking the Earth (will they never cease?!), I suffered one of the greatest cinematic disappointments of my life. The Iron Lady taught me...

As a woman, I constantly need to be rescued. I can't say no. I do what I want, and if I can't, someone better give me the means to do it anyways. I am completely free and liberated! Wait, what? I know what you're thinking:...
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The Southern Critics: An Anthology Edited by Glenn C. Arbery, ISI Books A Southern critic by any other name would be an Agrarian or Fugitive. Four of the writers featured in this book defended their way of...
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In college, the Dogwood Society (my major's academic honorary) was a little platoon of love and laughs. The handful of us would send encouraging notes during our regular all-night writing sessions, pass around humorous takes on American history and politics, and...
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Obviously, I would also invite her peacocks and peahens along, just for atmosphere. Okay, that title is malarkey. I have no ability to secure dinner, candlelit or otherwise, with Mr. Masty. I am,...
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Here is a talk Winston Elliott III gave recently at Houston Baptist University's Honors College; it is quite enlightening and magnificent. Oh, and another disclosure: he's my Editor-in-Chief here at The Imaginative Conservative, which everyone should read regularly, if not hourly.

Julie Baldwin "Sationes" : A poem about Satisfaction It amuses when you talk of doing things As if our calender was thus dictated, like the days of kings, and instead of replying, I let my mind wander: Feeling sorry for...