Author Archives: Steve-O

Nick Cave on Suffering

In The Red Hand File, punk rock legend Nick Cave, answers questions from fans. What follows is an inquiry from Peter from Hanover, Canada. What follows is Cave’s response. My question is about how you perceive the utility of suffering. … Continue reading

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Coptic Christian Tattoos: Signs of Devotion

“In the first century, when the world was burgeoning with the flourishing of the Greek and Roman cultures, Christianity was flowing into certain sites around the developing world,” reports Justine Morrow for Tattoodo. “Egypt was one of these sites, and … Continue reading

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The real St. Patrick

By Steve Beard While sifting through obscure Spanish colonial records, it was discovered a few years ago that the very first St. Patrick’s Day parade was not conducted in Boston, Chicago, nor New York City. Instead, the Irish feast day … Continue reading

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The self-silencing majority

By Bari Weiss, Deseret News I know a lot of people who live in fear of saying what they really think. In red America and in blue America — and, perhaps more so, on the red internet and the blue … Continue reading

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The Golden Girls who beat Covid-19

Gin-soaked raisins, champagne, chocolate, prayer, and two elderly survivors of Covid-19 provide a spot of positive news. While the infection has been a devastating health scourge around the planet, two women – one at 117 years old and the other … Continue reading

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Remembering Cicely Tyson

                By Steve Beard Internationally-known for her six decades on stage and screen, award-winning actress Cicely Tyson died on Thursday at the age of 96. “I come from lowly status. I grew up … Continue reading

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National Treasure

By Steve Beard I spent the holidays with Dolly Parton. Well, not literally. Like everything else in 2020, it was all virtual – and it was a whirlwind. Throughout her rhinestone-studded career, Dolly has sold over 100 million albums, starred … Continue reading

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Snake in the Manger

By Steve Beard One of my dear friends bought a tree ornament featuring the Grinch in a Covid-19 mask muttering, “Christmas 2020: Stink, Stank, Stunk!” That exasperation and frustration is shared by so many. Thankfully, some of our holiday traditions … Continue reading

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Brokenness, Burgers, and Redemption

By Steve Beard At the height of the government mandated lockdown earlier this year, Kraft Heinz factories were operating around the clock in order to meet the demand for macaroni and cheese. According to the New York Times, retailers at … Continue reading

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Gratitude and the Socially-Distanced Thanksgiving

By Steve Beard Over the many months of the worldwide pandemic, our nation has weathered wildfires in the West, hurricanes in the South, “murder hornets” in the Pacific Northwest, stay-at-home orders, nationwide protests, shuttered business, postponed funerals, drive-up church services, … Continue reading

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