GARY'S WORLD: Breakfast. It’s what’s for dinner
As I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed the other day I saw an NPR news story headline that grabbed my attention and made me stop and read the story. After all, that is what a headline is supposed to do — grab your attention and get you to read the story — and in this case it worked.
LION AND THE LAMB: The life journey of a troublemaker
When Nelson Mandela was born into a Xhosa family in South Africa in 1918, he was given the name "Rolihlahla," a term meaning "Troublemaker." Later, when his mother sent him to a local Methodist mission school, his teacher gave him the English forename of "Nelson." Mandela later commented that he had inherited his father's "proud rebelliousness" and "stubborn sense of fairness."
WE THE PEOPLE: Fear communism? Try capitalism
We’ve been taught that "capitalism" is the fairest and best “ism” in the world! Capitalism, we are told, is the means to get rich in our economy. The number of billionaires today sure shows how well it works... for some. Unfortunately, it no longer seems to work for the average American worker.
TIDBITS: Calm down. It's just a game
Perhaps it's because I haven't had my favorite team make it to a conference championship in a year or five. It could be because my favorite team has been "rebuilding" for several years now. Or maybe it's the drought of bowl games where I get to see my favorite Orange and White take the field after November.
STUMPTALK: Why do they care?
In his recently published, first apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) Pope Francis reaffirms the Catholic Church’s teaching on the male priesthood, and that is that the Catholic priesthood is reserved for males.
Lion and the Lamb: Celebrating good news
There's been a lot of bad news in the media recently: floods, droughts, tornadoes, hurricanes, gun violence, healthcare system problems, airplane, train, and bus crashes, assaults on girls and women, high unemployment, house foreclosures—the list could go on and on. But there are two examples of good news worth celebrating these days.
We the People: The Good Old Days?
After the acorns and hickory nuts had all fallen, the old men in faded bib overalls gathered at the big black rendering kettle, stirred the fatback and stoked the fire. Kids brought wood to feed the fire to melt the hog fat down into lard and cracklings. The old men told stories about when they were young and complained about the general incompetence of politicians and government.
Tidbits: It's the most hurried time of the year
It's the most hurried time of the year, with kids presents to purchase and everyone telling you "be of good cheer," It's the most hurried time of the year.
Stumptalk: We will remember November 2013
On November 21, 2013, Senator Harry Reid tried to destroy our Republic with the blessing of President Barack Obama by changing the rules of the Senate. This action could be remembered in the future as being as important as the 150th anniversary of November 19, 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg address and the 50th anniversary of November 22, 1963, the day President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed.
LION AND THE LAMB: Three planetary riddles
This past week anthropologists reported on DNA tests they had made on the 24,000-year-old body of a four-year-old boy found in eastern Siberia. The DNA matches that of Western Europeans who migrated from Europe during the last Ice Age and also the DNA of 25 percent of living Native Americans. The body had been found under a stone slab wearing an ivory diadem, a bead necklace, and a bird-shaped pendant.
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