The first line of John Keats’ poem "Endymion" has long been quoted by pundits and other poets. "A thing of beauty is a joy for ever," wrote Keats. But I wonder if beauty provides lasting joy? I often think of beauty as something we experience in the moment.
The story of Dorothy Day's life reveals the paradoxical struggle between her profound loneliness and intense joy. The two emotions of loneliness and joy are never at cross purposes and instead hang in the balance, protected by the bliss of knowing God.
For the first time in four decades, we have a new national holiday, the Juneteenth National Independence Day. It celebrates the liberation of Black American slaves from the last city enslaving them in Galveston, Texas.
As we come up for air and look around, it is clear that the COVID-19 pandemic is not nearly over. Just yesterday the president pledged a half a billion doses to marginalized countries, matched by other members of the G7, as new variants of the virus appear.
Each month, we profile a library: Large, small, urban, rural, post-modern, quaint or neo-classic. This month Patricia Vaccarino writes about the many ways that libraries provide resources to people searching for jobs.