I love the 23rd Psalm. It resonates with believers and doubters alike. Hardly a day goes by that I don't meditate on its words, for surely I have been led beside the still waters and made to lie down in green pastures.
You've heard of the "pain factor." It's a political term, the pressure a relatively small but impassioned group of individuals can inflict on a politician, especially around election time.
When National Public Radio does a series on life after death, you know the question of what happens to us after we die is more than just a religious matter.
The man in the checkout line bought a six-pack of beer, a gallon jug of cheap red wine and a frozen eggplant Parmesan casserole. An interesting combination, I thought. Apparently the young fellow bagging the items recognized the man, who had done some tutoring at the local high school.
Again ... another mass shooting. Again ... the shooter is killed. We will never know exactly why he did this awful thing. Apparently he was mentally ill, but that alone is not an explanation.
"Am I my brother's keeper?" Everyone recognizes this passage from Genesis 4.9, but what was God's answer? Yes or no? God cursed Cain but let him live. People are still debating the outcome: Do we bear a responsibility to our brothers and sisters? Are we not all descendents of the same distant Adam and Eve? This is what a social contract is all about. We are all connected, but is there a point where the ...
Opinions - we all have them. I wish I could find some acceptable way to repeat the standard joke about opinions, but this is a respectable family paper. If you don't know what I am talking about, ask a friend.
Moods, personal ups and downs, are cyclical. Even the most cheerful of optimists have their bad days, and pessimists have been known to smile occasionally. According to a friend who tracks cycles in the stock market, the public has moods swings as well. At present he is looking back through old media photos of public figures. Think Franklin D. Roosevelt at Yalta. Mostly, those fellows looked pretty grim.
What do we mean when we say someone is an "enabler?" It's one of those word we bandy about when we observe addictive behavior in a family or social setting. It's usually about alcohol or drugs, but can be almost any self-destructive habit. We see enabling in other people but deny that we do it ourselves. It works like this: Dad drinks too much. Mom pops pills. Their teenager is on street drugs, but it's ...
Could the first Man be a woman? I'm not referring to Mitochondrial Eve, a female who lived approximately 200,000 years ago and was so named because mitochondrial DNA is passed intact from the mother to her offspring without the normal genetic recombination that occurs at fertilization. This makes Mitochondrial Eve a direct-line ancestor of every woman living today, but not the first fully human woman. Similarly Y-chromosomal Adam, a male who lived as much as ...
I've just discovered gardening! It's a little late in life because at my age, an hour of turning over dirt and pulling weeds requires several hours of recovery time. But each day, I take more and more delight in the good earth and all it has to offer. I'm not exactly a city girl, but the New Jersey suburbs didn't offer much hands-on farm experience. We had a lawn that required cutting now and then ...
The first mistake was calling it Obamacare. Apparently that moniker was coined by Hillary Clinton back in 2008 when she ran against Barack Obama in the primaries. She called her own plan Clintoncare. We're talking about national health coverage. Why not call it that? Because the name is politically neutral -- neither a rallying cry for one side nor a cudgel for the other.
Americans are risk takers. Capitalism depends on it. We invest our time, energy, and capital resources, and hope to profit from the endeavor. On the other hand, there're certain risks we don't take. We don't take risks with our family. We insure our home, our business (if we have one), our cars, etc, against unexpected loss, and we take commonsense measures like buckling our seat belts. Americans don't plan on calamity, but we are a ...
Last week, NPR announced that a bullet had been successfully fired from a plastic gun. The big news is this: The gun came from a 3-D printer. So much for gun control, for background checks and any other measure to reduce the number of easily available handguns in the nation.
Almost everyone knows what post-traumatic stress disorder is. Just to be clear: PTSD is a type of anxiety disorder that can occur when an individual under goes a sudden trauma.
As of this writing, six world powers have reached an agreement with Iran that would prevent that country from developing nuclear weapons.
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