A Last-Minute Christmas Gift Guide for Conservatives

By |2016-12-18T15:12:42-05:00December 18th, 2016|

Let us see gift-giving less as an obligation or a buy-in to the commercialism of the season, and more as a sign of affection... It’s less than a week till Christmas, and you realize that you cannot give Brad Birzer’s Russell Kirk: American Conservative biography to every member of your family. What to do?! Have no [...]

Imagination and Children with Special Needs

By |2014-12-09T11:32:41-05:00December 7th, 2014|

I over-texted my husband pictures of our thirteen-month-old tonight: First she was eating a meatball; then she was attempting to climb on top of something; then she was on my head, ripping off my glasses. He is working the night shift at the hospital, which means he leaves the house at quarter-to-five p.m. and [...]

Kindred Spirits and the Art of Friendship

By |2018-05-30T12:04:51-05:00January 18th, 2014|

Looking for Anne of Green Gables: the Story of L.M. Montgomery and Her Literary Classic by Irene Gammel “You’re young, and I’m old, but our souls are about the same age, I reckon. We both belong to the race that knows Joseph, as Cornelia Bryant would say.” “‘The race that knows Joseph?’” puzzled Anne. [...]

Born Without A Mask: Second Album from Mumford and Sons

By |2014-12-09T11:28:57-05:00January 7th, 2014|

When I first read “Against Mumford” by Matthew Schmitz at First Thoughts, I wondered if we had listened to the same songs. Schmitz’s review of English folk-rock band Mumford and Sons’s second album “Babel” applauds the negativity of critics and belittles the praise of fans. His snarky critiques are unjust and lack an appreciation [...]

Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives: The ABCs of Gift Giving

By |2016-07-26T15:33:06-05:00December 13th, 2013|

If it’s two weeks till Christmas and you haven’t bought most of your Christmas presents (like me), you’re in luck! This is your chance to prove your creativity, with my expertise in responding to panicky situations. I’m currently typing this with one hand while my other hand holds a binky in my infant’s mouth. [...]

I Want A Hippopotumus For Christmas: An Eclectic Christmas List

By |2016-07-26T15:58:13-05:00December 14th, 2012|

Hippopotamuses make lovely Christmas presents. Growing up, my favorite children’s book was George and Martha: The Complete Stories of Two Best Friends by James Marshall (the brilliant mind behind Merry Christmas, Space Case and Miss Nelson Is Missing!, among other gems). George and Martha (named for our first President and First Lady?) are best friends. Like many friends (human [...]

To See A World

By |2018-11-21T19:38:25-05:00November 21st, 2012|

To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour. —William Blake, “To See a World…” I’ve never had strong feelings about Thanksgiving. It’s not a religious feast day, so the rituals associated with it [...]

Respect and Iron Ladies

By |2014-12-09T11:40:18-05:00November 5th, 2012|

After convincing my fiance that it would be so much better to watch the life of Margaret Thatcher than a movie involving aliens attacking the Earth (will they never cease?!), I suffered one of the greatest cinematic disappointments of my life. The Iron Lady taught me three things: A) It’s more important to focus [...]

I Get By With A Little Help From My “Friends”

By |2014-12-09T11:43:37-05:00May 18th, 2012|

As a woman, I constantly need to be rescued. I can’t say no. I do what I want, and if I can’t, someone better give me the means to do it anyways. I am completely free and liberated! Wait, what? I know what you’re thinking: since when did liberation mean total dependence on the [...]

The Southern Critics: An Anthology

By |2015-11-10T17:53:03-05:00April 4th, 2012|

The Southern Critics: An Anthology Edited by Glenn C. Arbery, ISI Books A Southern critic by any other name would be an Agrarian or Fugitive. Four of the writers featured in this book defended their way of life against modernity 80 years ago at Vanderbilt University in “I’ll Take My Stand.” The others given voice [...]

Theology on Tap

By |2016-08-03T10:37:36-05:00February 17th, 2012|

In college, the Dogwood Society (my major’s academic honorary) was a little platoon of love and laughs. The handful of us would send encouraging notes during our regular all-night writing sessions, pass around humorous takes on American history and politics, and would periodically get together for “Founding Fridays” to share in fellowship over a few brews. [...]

Friends in High & Low Places: Winston Elliott (video)

By |2014-12-09T11:54:18-05:00December 15th, 2011|

Here is a talk Winston Elliott III gave recently at Houston Baptist University’s Honors College; it is quite enlightening and magnificent. Oh, and another disclosure: he’s my Editor-in-Chief here at The Imaginative Conservative, which everyone should read regularly, if not hourly. […]

Can’t Get No Satisfaction

By |2014-12-09T11:25:29-05:00December 6th, 2011|

Julie Baldwin “Sationes” : A poem about Satisfaction It amuses when you talk of doing things As if our calender was thus dictated, like the days of kings, and instead of replying, I let my mind wander: Feeling sorry for those who fill the clock and don’t ponder The un-amusing and ordinary [...]

Serve to Conserve? Yes We Can!

By |2016-02-16T14:32:51-05:00November 14th, 2011|

Upon the prompting of Stephen Masty, I’d like to explore “what still really exists in America that is worth conserving and what may be, quite frankly, lost to all but memory.” Reid Buckley has declared that he cannot love our country because we are vile. Morally corrupt and bankrupt, we’ve even given Pat Buchanan license to [...]