Links from the last week

(Abbreviated because a lot of traveling meant I did less reading – you can always follow me on Twitter for life as it happens.)

1. New studies of ancient concrete could teach us to do as the Romans did

Around A.D. 79, Roman author Pliny the Elder wrote in his Naturalis Historia that concrete structures in harbors, exposed to the constant assault of the saltwater waves, become “a single stone mass, impregnable to the waves and every day stronger.”

And it’s true (for Roman concrete)… how about that.

2. I pray to be a “mystic patriot”; I hope you do too.

Your semi-regular reminder that somehow, a century ago, G.K. Chesterton knew everything our modern age would need to hear and wrote it all down.

One must somehow find a way of loving the world without trusting it; somehow one must love the world without being worldly.

3. Alistair Roberts on gender-as-given v. gender-as-performance

Just a Twitter thread, sorry, you’ll have to keep scrolling down.  Generally though, if you don’t read Alistair’s blog, perhaps you should.

4. DNR confirms cougar sighting in Clinton County

Mainly a local story for me but – whoa, there is at least one cougar in mid-Michigan.  The article implies there haven’t been cougars here for a century.  Where did it come from?

This week brought to you by fireworks over Lansing, Michigan last night.

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