A loyal TDE reader sends this podcast along: A Good Story is Hard to Find. Playing off the name of Flannery O'Connor's famous, and really disturbing, short story, it's apparently a Catholic podcast about good books. I haven't listened to any episodes yet, but I've subscribed to it. I'll let you know what I think. I"m assuming one of the hosts, Julie Davis, is the same Ms. Davis behind Happy Catholic and who recently appeared on Marcus Grodi's The Journey Home.
Another TDE reader sends this article, which corroborates Thaddeus Russell's (and my) theory that small town America is picking up steam. The article calls it "brain gain."
Rural communities may be losing high school graduates, but they're gaining residents with more skills and education, according to studies in Minnesota and Nebraska. In Minnesota, Winchester found that most rural Minnesota counties have gained 30- to 49-year-olds, early- to mid-career Minnesotans with significant resources and connections.
Random Blurb from the Notebooks: Advocates from across the political field have claimed Christ for their side: Communists, Socialists, Liberals, Conservatives, Monarchists. They all can find something in Christ's life or his words to support their political vision. It isn't surprising, of course, since every doctrine, no matter how absurd, has at least a kernel or two of truths, and every truth is tied to the One Truth that was Christ.