A selection of favorites from the editors of Ordinary Times
In which Rose Woodhouse gathers her family and bravely ventures forth into the Happiest Place on Earth.
What’s to do when some parent (who obviously isn’t you because of course you have better judgment than that) brings their child to an inappropriate place? Also: food porn from Chicago!
Burt Likko is no rail engineer. But he is a lawyer, and that means he can offer at least one suggestion to moderate the ongoing boondoggle that is the California High Speed Rail Project.
Too often when we talk about ethnic “culture” in America, we’re really just talking about race and pretending we’re not.
Confucian tradition recommends honouring one’s ancestors even when they are criminals. South Korea and China should be familiar with this tradition and thus their reactions to Abe’s visits to Yasukuni Shrine is more political theatre than genuine offense.
More an more, people on the Internet are arguing that young people are better off in the long run by skipping college. They’re wrong.
A collaborative post by Chris and Burt Likko, telling the story of an American writer who deserves to be better-known and better-read.
Famed Tiger-Mom Amy Chua’s new book helpfully lets its readers know which cultures and races in America are superior, and which are inferior.
There are a lot of good causes out there. Why focus on poverty? For Poverty Awareness Month.
Oh, good. It looks like we’re still outing people. How charming.
Now, before you get all in a huff about the California Supreme Court admitting an undocumented alien to practice law, at least read Burt Likko’s digest of the ruling.
If you guessed that what’s going on here isn’t exactly about Christianity, I’m in agreement with you.
In sussing out what he’s getting wrong with his atheism, Jaybird learns that he got a lot wrong about the Unitarian Universalists too
New Dealer looks at his complicated relationship with the holiday that is both secular and not so secular.
The War on Christmas in American was very real, and was won decisively in the 19th century. Tod Kelly explains why everything you think you know about Christmas is wrong.
It’s that time of year again.
A major drug company is no longer going to pay doctors to promote its products. It’s about time.
A Federal Court found yesterday that the NSA does, in fact, routinely violate your Constitutional rights. The reason why is very likely within your arm’s reach right now.
Masses of people agreeing to vote for officials who want to go to war, continue using the death penalty, and tend to oppose programs that would support the poor all so those officials will do little more than pay lip service to the virtue of female chastity surely isn’t the ideal arrangement for a democracy.
What Jim Leyland knows about baseball could save your life—or at least your sanity.
Bitcoin’s value has been driven almost entirely by speculation, and I have the graphs to prove it. (Updated, now with another graph!)
We’ve all heard about right wing backlash against Pope Francis. But what about backlash from the left?
Please welcome the newest contributor to Ordinary Times.
Last month, my wife and I welcomed our third and final child into the world. Our new daughter is everything a baby is supposed to be. This is good for a variety of reasons, including how difficult actually having this third child proved to be. We are not religious people, so she’s whatever the please-leave-us-alone-about-religion…
A short story about an old man, his loneliness, and his resolve to perform a simple ritual.