Arts, Culture, Endeavors, Life

A Life Worth Studying

Chicago philanthropist Richard Driehaus (1942-March 9, 2021) has passed and the praises of his life coming from so many circles leave me convinced that his was a life well lived. By sheer happenstance, I learned of his existence, of his interests, his influence, and the compatibility of all that he stood for with the things that I also stand for. Sadly, I never met him, for we would have found tremendous common ground. In my estimation, Driehaus stands shoulder to shoulder with two others whose philosophies have stood tall against the present degradations of modernity: Dana Gioia (who I have met) and Sir Roger Scruton (who my other half briefly corresponded with). Such personages are not to be taken lightly. Their lives are worth studying.

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Endeavors

Editing Your Goals

“For we put the thought of all that we love into all that we make.”

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Before I tell you precisely where I’m taking you, let me give you the backstory that turned into a game changer when I learned how to work some practical helps into my life

Responsible people finish all their chores. Really? Prove it!

You know how people tell you to make lists so you don’t forget to carry out tasks? I make lists—lots and lots of them. Then I lose them, make new ones, find the old ones again and think, “Oh, here is something I forgot to put on my new list,” or, “Here’s something that would really put me over the top.” That list never gets shorter. Never.

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Fiction

The Up-Naming of the One-Bloods

This is a true fictitious history related to me by Tom Bagley of Daybreak, who was named “Wind Trapper” by the Great Majesty. It is the first time I have ever made this account public concerning the people known to me as the One-Bloods, how they lost their true names, and how some recovered their right and proper names again due to a miraculous event known among them as “Up-Naming.” Is this story true? You decide.
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