Category Archives: Place

The Unnecessary Decline of Main Street

The American Conservative has focused much attention on “localism” and “new urbanism” over the last few years. This has been one of my favorite developments in this magazine. I refer here to two new articles from the magazine. The average American … Continue reading

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Technology Makes the Harshness of Life Invisible

Yesterday, I asked some questions about how I (or you) might act, consume, and dispose differently if the relationships between us and those who produce and dispose of the things we use were visible to us or if we had … Continue reading

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Technology Makes Relationships Invisible

Technology makes some things invisible.  This is true at least in the context of an industrial society, whether it be capitalist, communist, or anything else. For the above to be true, I must make clear that I mean technology in … Continue reading

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My Trash: How a Can Ties Me to Labor Disputes and Municipal Politics

This is my fifth article on the waste that I generate.  Please see the “Waste” category link for the others.  This time, I’m not going to talk about environmental issues.  This time, I’m going to talk about labor, the people … Continue reading

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Great Work is Done While We’re Asleep: Wendell Berry versus Dow Chemical

I tend not to like much modern poetry.  I realize that this may say more about me and my ignorance than about the poetry.  Nonetheless, I tend not to get too far beyond the Romantics.  Then again, I’m very much … Continue reading

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My Water, My Responsibility

I know where my water comes from.  Shouldn’t we all?  It shouldn’t appear miraculously in our houses.  That’s too must trust to people in other people and too little responsibility on our parts.  I want to take responsibility for my … Continue reading

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Poor Protestant Grandma’s Catholic Gentry Heritage

The first English settlers arrived in Maryland in 1634.  My first Maryland ancestors arrived there sometime before 1643.  Hester Evans, my ninth great grandmother on my paternal grandmother’s side, was born that year in Charles County, Maryland.  So, my earliest … Continue reading

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The Jenkins Men and their Watch

My maternal grandfather William Tyger Jenkins passed on to me an old pocket watch on December 19, 1997.  His uncle William Thomas Jenkins Jr. gave him the watch.  William Jr. received the watch from his father William Thomas Jenkins Sr. … Continue reading

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The Adventures of John and Keziah White

Increasingly, it is genealogy that draws me to history.  And what draws me to genealogy is my desire to trace out lines of influence upon me in the present.  I offer one interesting story from my ancestors.  The information comes … Continue reading

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4th of July Edition: Neoliberalism and the Decline of Patriotism

Polling indicates that the majority of Americans are still proud of their country. But patriotism has certainly declined since the late 1960s.  I suspect this varies greatly by class and region, with the greatest decline being in the North and … Continue reading

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