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Loss and hope at Advent

“Growing up, Christmas was about tamales, guacamole, caroling, and cousin skits,” writes Jenna Bush Hager in Southern Living, a magazine where she serves as editor at large in addition to her work on The Today Show. “But mostly, it was … Continue reading

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Darlene Love: My 5 Favorite Christmas Songs

By Andy Greene, Rolling Stone The powerful voice behind the 1963 “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” on the holiday classics she loves to sing most. Over the years the song became a holiday classic, helped in no small part by David … Continue reading

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George H.W. Bush’s Texas Education

By Jon Meacham In the summer of 1948, George H. W. Bush loaded his car in distant Connecticut and headed to the Lone Star State, a move that would shape the man and launch the future president’s political career: “Within … Continue reading

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Finding Gratitude When Paradise is Lost

By Steve Beard As families and friends gather on Thanksgiving to watch football, meticulously avoid politics, and feast on holiday favorites, the day will be starkly different for the first responders and fire victims in California. Accounting for dozens of … Continue reading

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Hopes and Dreams (This Train)

By Bruce Springsteen Big wheels roll through fields Where sunlight streams Meet me in a land of hope and dreams This train carries saints and sinners This train carries losers and winners This train carries whores and gamblers This train … Continue reading

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St. Augustine on the love of God

When he poses the question, “What do I love when I love my God?” St. Augustine responded: “Not the beauty of any bodily thing, nor the order of seasons, not the brightness of light that rejoices the eye, nor the sweet … Continue reading

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Elvis Presley awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

Posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom: Along side Babe Ruth, Justice Antonin Scalia, and Roger Staubach, Elvis Presley (1935-1977) was awarded the nation’s highest civilian commendation. He sold more than a billion records and starred in 31 films. “Some people tap … Continue reading

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Ordinary Superhero: Stan Lee (1922-2018)

By Leo Partible Stan Lee is a rock star. He is the Elvis of comic books. He didn’t create the medium, nor did he invent the superhero, but he was responsible for popularizing both for the masses. Like Elvis, he … Continue reading

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In Finland, Metal Rocks Churches

By Pauline Curtet, This is Finland Finnish heavy metal pioneers such as Nightwish, Apocalyptica and HIM, known worldwide, proved to be inspiring. Since 2006, a priest has regularly organised metal mass – mass for metal music fans – in churches … Continue reading

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Remembering the beautiful lives murdered at Tree of Life Synagogue

Joyce Fienberg, 75; Richard Gottfried, 65; Rose Mallinger, 97; Jerry Rabinowitz, 66; Cecil Rosenthal, 59; David Rosenthal, 54; Bernice Simon, 84; Sylvan Simon, 86; Daniel Stein, 71; Melvin Wax, 88; Irving Younger, 69. Beautiful lives. Tree of Life Synagogue, Pittsburgh, … Continue reading

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