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A Living Wage for a Living Tree?

The Ballors went with a live tree this year. We bought it at Flowerland and I do not know the name of the farm whence it came. Over at the American Conservative, Micah Mattix reflects on the Christmas tree market, which in his neck of the woods is “notoriously unstable.” In Ashe County, North Carolina, says Mattix, a dilemma faces the small tree farmer: “It is not sell or starve, but it is sell or go without a new septic tank, a repaired roof, a mended this or that.” Although not specifically about Christmas trees, the difficult choice faced by the poet in the Robert Frost poem Mattix engages at length is also reminiscent of the dynamic of poverty in Winter’s Bone. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 12.20.13

Poor Catholic ‘Trash’ Stephen Herreid, Aleteia The alliance of political and religious forces pushing back against the welfare state is overdue, and the challenge is enormous. It has also created a new and terrible temptation for the Church. Continue Reading...

Like Grocery Shopping Isn’t Bad Enough, Now You’ll Be Accosted By Obamacare Zealots

President Obama, in a move that highlights exactly how out-of-touch he is with most of America, is recruiting mothers to spread the good news of Obamacare…in the grocery store. In a meeting with “eight moms from around America,” according to a White House pool report, President Obama encouraged the mothers to sing the praises of Obamacare while they’re out shopping at grocery stores. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 12.19.13

The Twelve Days of Christmas Fr. Hans Jacobse, St. Peter Orthodox Church The traditions only make sense when they have the Gospel as their reference. Virtues lost: How it happened and why we can’t live without them Deirdre McCloskey, ABC Religion and Ethics The case can be made that a flourishing human life must show seven principal virtues. Continue Reading...