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Leah Libresco, Ben Op Den Mother

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So I was sitting in my home office late this morning working on the Benedict Option book, when my daughter Nora came up the stairs with a box of cookies that had just come in the mail. They came from Leah Libresco, about whom not enough good things can be said. Her note said she was feeling down and out about politics, and decided to make some cookies — oatmeal espresso walnut chocolate chip cookies, to be precise. She wrote on the card:

I was in a funk + feeling powerless but God hardly restricts our actions to elections! So, instead, I hope this lifts your spirits + you run into a lot of small, kinda boring ways to accept + offer love. And happy Pascha!



I mean, honestly. That one. They don’t come any kinder or more joyful, and I mean that. Did you know she is getting married?

Any couple that would have a bibliography of their courtship are my kind of people, now and forever. As it happens, I knew Alexi a bit when we lived in Philly (his dad and I were friends and colleagues at work), and he is one of those people that you know will go far, and who are so good-hearted that you want them to go far, if only to prove that there is justice in this world. I saw a production of MacBeth that he directed as a high schooler. Yeah, he’s that guy.

And he’s going to have love and cookies for the rest of his life. Man.

As the Misfit might say, I would be a better man if Leah Libresco sent me cookies every day of my life.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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