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Host, Butch Porter, has conversations in his home town of Leesburg, VA, with good people, exploring "Great Ideas" which extend beyond the local, but often start there. We'll set up opportunities to participate, in person and online, for all Americans who are looking to go beyond the teams and explore ideas with love and intellectual curiosity.

48. “Extend your soul to the hungry…”

This week’s episode is a wide-ranging conversation between Gary Mears, Pastor of Faith Chapel Community Church in Lucketts, Virginia, right down the road from the Loudoun Field Center; and Paul Gernhardt, the Center’s Executive Director. Butch Porter facilitates the discussion, which touches on the subjects of “mega-churches” and on how churches create a sense of…

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47. “It starts with the right soil…”

School is in! And we’re launching IndED’s Civics and Community program at the Loudoun Field Center as part of their new high school alternative in Lucketts, VA. This week we chat with Doug Fabbioli of Fabbioli Cellars to talk about ag business, ag education and the importance of staying in touch with nature. We were…

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46. “Be honest, and fulfill your commitments…”

Jessica and Butch take on the crisis in Afghanistan. (Ok… when we say “take it on” we don’t mean actually… doing anything about it, but talking about it for almost exactly an hour.) What it boils down to Butch on Afghanistan is that we’ve lost honor in the world by not fulfilling our commitments to…

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45. “Education is about: character, communication, and community.”

Bahar Picariello, who was the FIRST guest on the Rules of the Game podcast a little over a year ago, returns to discuss the current drama going on in Loudoun County, VA, regarding gender politics, CRT, the handling of the pandemic year 2+, etc. Along the way, we talk about what Bahar and Butch knew…

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44. “Efficiency almost always wins… and we’re often the worse for it.”

For Episode 21 of Season Two, Jessica and Butch talk about the gains in efficiency (based on his latest article on Great Conversation(s)) brought on by the modern age in general, the pandemic in particular, and some ways in which efficiency can come at a cost… in terms of how we work, eat, worship, and…

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43. “‘Adult’ is not a verb…”

For our 20th episode of Season 2, Jessica and Butch discuss what it means to be an “adult”… we have a tendency to focus on the stuff and things that adults need to DO, as opposed to the qualities and characteristics they need to BE. So we talked a little about “kids these days” and…

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42. “Charity means loving the deplorable…”

Jessica and Butch seek to understand the “anti-tribalism” phenomenon a little more. We talk about Tanner Cross… racism vs. prejudice… what the word “systemic” means… and we ask the question: who are we supposed to love and respect the humanity of if not the person we find the most unappealing and “deplorable”? ________________________ Independent Education:…

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41. “Fake it ’till you make it…”

For our 41st Episode, Jessica and Butch start out chatting about the Terrence Mallick film, The Tree of Life, and quickly switch gears (to dig in deeper at a later date) to “What it means to be a Southerner?” It’s a conversation about “values” and “value sets” and what it means for a southern (especially…

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40. “Show up, pay attention, tell the truth…”

“What is up with the real estate market?!?” is a question a lot of us have been asking lately. Butch has a “Great Conversation” with his good friend (and the best Real Estate agent in the Milky Way Galaxy) Pamela Jones with Extraordinary Transitions in Loudoun County, VA. We talk about what’s going on, why…

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39. “Pursue morality first…”

Jessica and Butch continue a conversation started with our special guest in the previous episode with a question of, “From where do people get their moral foundations if not from religion?” We explore the issue thoroughly in terms of online communities, and the workplace and the #metoo world as well. Notwithstanding the conundrum of finding…

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