Since May 22, 2000
I love living out West, and spending as much time as far from civilization as I can. I love the feel of grass and soil under my boots, and I love the endless, open, empty vistas. I love growing things.
I love reading books -- the older, the better.
I'd rather spend time with my family discussing music than discussing politics.
I have to admit, though, that the night Tom Daschle got sent packing was one of the happiest of my life.
I'd rather sit in the morning and drink a cup of coffee with my wife and talk about what we just read in the Bible than to get depressed by reading the newspaper.
There are few things more old-fashioned than being an Eastern Orthodox Christian, so it's not surprising that this is where I ended up -- in services where time itself stops (and you don't even need to stand athwart it, yelling "stop!" to make it happen.)
When politicians disappoint me, I never forget the words of the Psalmist: "Trust ye not in princes, nor in the sons of men, in whom there is no salvation."
I believe that there are three things that every person has to have in order to be content: Something to do, someone to love, and someplace to be.
I love the poetry of Wendell Berry and T.S. Eliot.
I love the music of Rachmaninov and the novels of Dostoevsky.
I love Greek food.
I think that being an old-fashioned traditionalist is far more about what one loves than about what one hates.