1. When a man walks away from $13m, it brings many to question his motives. This ESPN article about the recent retirement of Adam Laroche talks about his decision, but it also provides the portrait of a man who was not dominated by love of his image or of money. Would we have done the same? Who knows. This article is worth reading either way.
So here's the deal: You need to forget everything you think you know about professional athletes. Adam LaRoche is different. He walked into the clubhouse for the first time every spring and greeted new teammates by saying, "Oh, hey, I didn't know we signed you." During spring training in 2010, with the Diamondbacks, he and his family pulled a trailer to Tucson, and he rode a bicycle from the campground to the ballpark every day. He's one of the stars of the reality TV show Buck Commander, in which he bow-hunts with a couple of ex-ballplayers, two country music singers and one member of the unapologetically redneck Robertson family, they of the Duck Dynasty dynasty. He also owns E3 Meat Co., which is run out of the Kansas ranch that's been in his wife's family for six generations.
2. An evangelical couple illustrates beautifully the extent of their pro-life belief. They adopted two embryos, one of which split into identical twins, and gave birth to them. Embryo adoption is an issue that the culture will have to deal with in the near future. An interesting read.
3. Many middle class families lack the financial resources to cover moderate, unexpected expenses. An author discusses the shame he has felt in being financially needy while making a solid income.
4. Although many narrow-minded people in contemporary culture would like to deny the basic human right of freedom of conscience, which is more narrowly referred to as religious freedom, there is a case to be made for the benefits of the freedom of religion. Right now the true bigots are winning. Those of us who value a classically liberal pluralism must continue to push back against the totalitarian demands of the radical left.
5. A call for increased civility in political campaigns. Also, the realization that Trump has been so identified with incivility that his supporters are attacking calls for civility as being anti-Trump.