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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Can I Tell You a (Holiday) Story?

 

I just got a text from my childhood best friend. She texted three pictures from our other childhood best friend. This time of year, people reconnect, share stories, and think of their lives in context — as in the past, present, and future. Let me tell you a story:

I recognized the older sister, the lovely Mary Beth. She was beautiful, blonde, and so talented. Growing up, I was constantly at my friend Kitty’s house. They lived on the next street over, easily accessible through the alley. I asked Mary Beth to make me a dress. I coveted Mary Beth’s navy and black velvet dresses with lace collars. She could sew anything. I found a pink paisley material and she whipped up a gorgeous mini-dress with bell sleeves. I strutted into grade school and got sent home because it was too short. My best friend Kitty lent me her Maxi-coat; so cool that I’d throw off my plain nothing, kick off my ugly snow boots, and put on that beautiful wool coat that dragged the ground. I slipped and struggled over the ice and snow to school because the coat had to have pretty shoes under it. So vain … Wait – did I tell you Mary Beth was deaf? She taught me sign language. Kitty and her baby sister could hear.

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Charles Marohn joins Michael Hendrix to discuss why the current approach to suburban development isn’t working—the subject of his new book, Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity. “Strong Towns,” notes Aaron Renn in his review of the book for City Journal, “resulted from [Marohn’s] discovery that the highway projects he designed showed a negative return on investment.” Marohn has dedicated his […]

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As some of you here may know, Mr CJ was recently hospitalized: So a week ago Thursday, Apr 3rd, my husband was in bad shape. He was suffering a slight fever, but also a most intense pain that was located at the right side crease between his upper thigh and torso. He kept saying “It […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Thoughts on Making Friends at Coffee Shops

 

People across the room, coffee shopI was thinking about all the stuff everyone says these days about the loss of community over the last few decades, and about this article I had just read (tl;dr: even the coasty lefties at Vox agree, the Midwestern model works better for people), in which a millennial expresses gratitude for having found community, as exemplified by her neighborhood coffee shop where “everybody knows her name”, so to speak. I (very belatedly) started watching Cheers, curious to see what insights it might offer. I thought back to my own experiences as a busboy and waiter at a restaurant, where it was deeply important to the regulars to know and be known.

I wondered why I didn’t feel that way about any of the local coffee shops I’ve gone to.

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On this episode of the AEI Events Podcast, New Orleans’ Mayor Mitch Landrieu reflects on his experiences with governing at the local level and the progress New Orleans has made during his time in office. Having inherited a city struggling with numerous challenges, he recounted how his administration worked to rebuild a foundation for the […]

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 I knew I’d arrived, no matter the dark, unlit night. The radio ads cackled when my car passed into Trump Country. I lived there for only a week, a psychiatrist covering an inpatient unit in rural Western Pennsylvania. I loved the time warp there, the diners, deli’s, and pocked-marked streets that snaked up, around hills. […]

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Seasons change. A cliché as old as time, to be sure, and yet unabashedly true. With the Autumn air filtering in, nature has just begun to unleash her palette of color upon the canvas of creation, showing once again the splendor of its Author, the majesty of its King. Yes, seasons change. In early 2014, […]

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In the summertime when the weather is hot/You can stretch right up and touch the sky/When the weather’s fine … Yes, indeed summer is here, and with it comes the proverbial season of repose, relaxation, and recreation. For many of us, anyway. For others of us, of course, the labor continues apace with no end […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Griddl’n Poffertjes at the Tulip Festival

 

“???” I’m glad you asked. Every year in the third weekend in May, my hometown puts on the annual Tulip Festival. You may remember my post from last year around this time about our church food stand. One of the attractions at the Tulip Festival are the poffertjes made by the Dutch Heritage Boosters. I love these little rascals, and some years back I started volunteering to make them.

A poffertje is a little pancake-like treat about the size of a 50-cent piece or so, made with buckwheat flour, water, oil, egg, and a few other things. (According to legend, the exact recipe is known only to the upper echelon of the DHB. Or something like that.) We cook them up on a griddle that’s basically a large square with a 10×10 grid of depressions in it – into each, we pour a dollop of batter, let it cook up, then flip it over, and put in a tray. Then we brush them with melted butter flavored with some rum extract, dash on powdered sugar, and hand them off with a napkin and a toothpick with the Netherlands on it. We sell trays of ten for $2 a piece. They go like hotcakes!

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Good Afternoon! Next on Thinking It Through with Jerome Danner (Podcast): My next guest is Bethany Mandel, a stay-at-home mother of 3 children, a freelance writer on politics and culture, a Senior Contributor at The Federalist, amongst other publications, such as the Forward and First Things. She also just so happens to be on The LadyBrains Podcast. I invited her to […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are surprised by who is arrested for allegedly issuing scores of threats to Jewish Community Centers and other institutions. They also react to the details of the terrorist attack in London and shred the rationale behind radical Islamic terrorism. And they discuss North Korea being suspected of a massive heist of money from Bangladesh that was held in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York – and something about that story seems very familiar to them.

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2017. A new year, with new hopes and new fears. Many of which aren’t so different from the old hopes and the old fears. What seems different though (at least so far) is the level of hyperactive, hyperbolic angst that seemingly threatens longstanding relationships between family and friends, online and in real life. The “noise” […]

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I’ve wrote this a few years ago and posted it in previous years. I’m posting it again this year because we have new friends joining our happy community all the time. I’m posting it again this year because we have new people joining our community all the time, especially this year, with our membership drive. For those […]

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I let my membership at Ricochet lapse back in June. To be honest I had to take a break from politics for a while and needed the rest.  More

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Fall is upon us at last: football is in full swing, baseball is winding down, and the weather (at last) seems to be moving away from the endless summer heat. Of course, here at Ricochet, it seems like it is all about the election (maybe “the fall” is upon us at last), and the political […]

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I had written an old blog post on the issues between law enforcement and African Americans over a year and a half ago. With all of the recent clashes over the losses of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, I figured I would share my post here to see what any of you all thought. Thanks for […]

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Here we are in mid-July, and the dog days of summer are upon us! It’s hot outside, the roads are filled with RVs and the beaches are busy, and yet for some, the new school year is just weeks away (ugh). This post marks the latest quarterly installment of the long-running Divine Help thread. What […]

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The thoughts expressed herein are my personal reflections and are not intended to reflect the position of the founders, editors, or other moderators, although goodness knows they should agree with me cuz I’m always right. One of the great but often unnoticed accomplishments of Western Civilization has been the establishment of communities designed to search […]

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CheersWhen we ask people, “What makes for a good bar?” the most common answer we receive is, “A place where people know your name, you know, like Cheers.” Rob Long may be pleased to hear that it’s not just Boomers who say this, but even Millennials often refer to the sitcom classic to describe their ideal watering hole.

As I’ve mentioned here before, my wife and I are taking this year to go to a church and a bar in every state. Every time we go into a bar, we ask people two questions, “What makes for a good bar?” and “Whether you go to church or not, what do you think would make for a good church?”
As one would expect, we receive a variety of answers to these questions.

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