Disquieting Times

by Mike Pyatt In those disconcerting moments, when no one else’s around, one’s confronted with stark reality that our society is troubled, at risk, by internal and external threats-the kind that haunt our reverie. It’s hard to shake. In the midst of constant murmur, that drones a disturbing message, our …

A Case For Permanent Things

by Mike Pyatt In an era of “causes” some noble, others ignoble, a favorite of many is T.S. Eliot. In his day, he too distrusted the elite, saying, “The elites, in consequence, will consist solely of individuals whose only common interest will be their professional interest.” Eliot understood that the …

Big Tent GOP-Yes or No?

by Mike Pyatt A tent can be a metaphor, a symbol, or an idyllic place of refuge, safety, or hiding. Tents can be a place to dwell for some, like the nomadic Bedouins, who’ve lived in black goat hair tents for centuries, eschewing permanent dwellings, preferring portable tents or shelter …

Lamentations In The Rearview Mirror

by Mike Pyatt Reformed theologian and philosopher, the late Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer, wrote a seminal book, in1969, Death in the City, against the backdrop of the 1960’s countercultural upheaval. It reads like today’s headlines, nearly fifty years after Woodstock, that’s now being celebrated by revisionist historians, heralding it as …

Redolent of Self-Interest

by Mike Pyatt As adults, we’re unsurprised when one’s offspring is up front, asking, “What’s in it for me?” At least we can trot out our tawdry, “It’s not all about you,” speech that we’ve rehearsed just for this occasion, as we hastily eschew the #MeToo generation. Not so fast. …