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Prostitutes and Preachers: The Spiritual Childhood of James Brown

By James Brown (1933-2006) Excerpt from James Brown: The Godfather of Soul(Macmillen 1986) In Augusta, Georgia, Aunt Minnie and I lived with another aunt of mine in a house at 944 Twiggs Street. That’s one place I will never forget. … Continue reading

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Bruce Springsteen and Martin Scorsese discuss faith, O’Connor

Readers may find these tidbits fascinating from Chris Willman’s full reporting in Variety: In their conversation Sunday night at a privateNetflix event honoring “Springsteen on Broadway,” Bruce Springsteen and Martin Scorsese spent close to a third of the 45-minute chat discussing their … Continue reading

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The fevered love of June and Johnny

By Steve Beard Today marks the anniversary of the death of June Carter Cash (1929-2003). She died of complications from heart surgery. She was 73. Johnny Cash died four months later. It is strangely fitting that the last time the … Continue reading

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Garrison Keillor reflects on Easter Sunday

Church was packed on Easter morning, brass players up in the choir loft, ladies with big hats, girls in spring dresses, and when the choir and clergy processed up the aisle, the woman swinging the censer looked like a drum … Continue reading

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Shepherd to the fringes: John “Bullfrog” Smith (1942-2019)

  “Jesus was not crucified in a cathedral between two candles, but on a cross between two thieves; on the town’s garbage heap; at a crossroad so cosmopolitan that they had to write His title in Hebrew and Latin and … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Flannery O’Connor

Today marks the birthday anniversary of the late Flannery O’Connor (1925-1964), the acclaimed novelist who wrote with a splash of hellfire and holy water. She used her enormous writing talents to often delve into spiritual transformation of those in the … Continue reading

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Bono: ‘Capitalism is not immoral – it’s amoral’

By Michelle Hennessy, The Journal The U2 frontman participated in a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos today with Managing Director of the IMF Christine Lagarde, Rwanda President Paul Kagame and others. “We have to just ask ourselves … Continue reading

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Great white shark “Deep Blue” thrills divers off Hawaii

By Mindy Pennybaker, Honolulu Star Advertiser The surprise arrival at the feast was big and regal and as wide as your grandmother’s hot rod Lincoln, and when she cruised onto the scene the other diners fled — as was only … Continue reading

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How did Elvis get turned into a racist?

By Peter Gurlnick The New York Times, August 11, 2007 ONE of the songs Elvis Presley liked to perform in the ’70s was Joe South’s “Walk a Mile in My Shoes,” its message clearly spelled out in the title. Sometimes … Continue reading

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Maui Cookie Lady and The Rock

“This is not a drill,” wrote Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on Instagram. “This is 16oz of hand made, hand rolled, slap someone in the face cause it tastes so good, decadent and dangerous chocolate chip cookie … as a gift … Continue reading

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