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Angle of Repose: Wallace Stegner, Thomas Aquinas, and the Dimensions of Happiness

“As Grandmother’s biographer, I’d have to guess she was never really happy after, say, her thirty-seventh year, the last year when she lived an idyll in Boise Canyon.” “But she lived a long time after that,” Ellen said. “She lived to be ninety-one.” “But she wasn’t happy.” “She wasn’t unhappy, either. Do you have to …

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Stupid Songs and How to Love Them Rightly: A Reflection on Critical Thinking

A great deal is made of “critical thinking” in the general background noise of our culture, especially when people talk about education and what kids aren’t getting. I got thinking about that while I was listening closely to a John Denver song on my way in to work this morning. Being a John Denver song …

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