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SERMON: Living Single in a Double World

As he sat on the floor with kids scurrying all around him, he thought of the life that his brothers and sisters had, about their marriages and their children. All of his nieces and nephews were special to him, but they weren't his children; his sibling's marriages brought him happiness, but he remained single.

And the questions they never stopped asking, "Have you found a girl yet?" "When are you going to marry?" "When are you going to settle down?" "When are we going to see grandchildren?"

He was a single man in a time when men weren't supposed to be single. More...

EDITORIAL: Taking the War out of Religion

The bible is full of wars, killing, destruction, often without mercy, but that all ends with the coming of Jesus.

When Jesus arrives, he arrives with a message: peace, turn the other cheek, thou shalt not kill. He never asked for armies to rise up and fight in His name. He never asked for vengeance. He never asked for forced conversions.

Plenty of popes, popinjays, and politicians, did this, over and over, but not blessed Jesus.

Why do parsons, padres, pagans, pashas, paisanos, paladins, paleontologists and palookas all call for armies to rise up in Christ's name when the man for whom Christianity is named never ever hinted at such action being taken, let alone, in his hallowed name?
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OPINION: First Lady Of The World

"One of the best ways of enslaving a people is to keep them from education...The second way of enslaving a people is to suppress the sources of information, not only by burning books but by controlling all the other ways in which ideas are transmitted." - Eleanor Roosevelt, May 11th, 1943

Otherwise known as "the First Lady of the Western World", Eleanor Roosevelt was a progressive minded woman who never hid behind elitism or hierarchies. She lived among the people. She was always fighting for the underdog, inspiring cooperation and compassion amongst her admirers.
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GOOD NEWS: Service Animals Help The Challenged

When Micky Niego knew she had to go out in public, the fear and stress could bring on a severe asthma attack.

"I was determined to be functional but didn't know how until somebody bought me a dog," says Niego.

For the past 11 years, Niego has had a service animal to help her cope with her fears. The passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1991 broadened the definition of disabled to include mental handicaps as well as physical handicaps.

According to Susan Duncan, coordinator of the Delta Society's National Service Dog Center, there have been increasing numbers of calls for service animals for people with mental illness. Anecdotal evidence supports the benefit of service animals to these mentally challenged people.
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FICTION: Chad, Part Three

He decided he'd leave Henry's belongings, minus the brass knuckles, in Henry's bedroom, the address of which he got from his I. D.

That next day at school, Jeremy watched Chad cautiously and carefully for signs that he had been responsible for Jeremy's suffering yesterday. Chad knew he was watching him and worked extra hard at being normal, nerdy Chad.

A thought had come to him in third period Geometry. Jeremy, of course, picked on more than just Chad. He bullied every quiet, smaller, peaceful boy, and even some of the girls, in the school.

Chad decided if he saw Jeremy picking on anyone, it would be time for strike two. More...
ADVICE: Dear Angel

I am a nineteen year old college junior, quite intelligent in college subjects but woefully lacking in social smarts and skills. My parents are very prominent in our city each in different fields. My older brother is following in their footsteps and is already a rising star in political office. I'm the shy intelligent one who is ill at ease in almost every social situation. My folks and brother ask me questions then never wait for me to answer before they blather on.


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"We will neglect our cities to our peril, for in neglecting them we neglect the nation."

John F. Kennedy

"Idleness among children, as among men, is the root of all evil, and leads to no other evil more certain than ill temper."

Hannah More

"The misogyny that shapes every aspect of our civilization is the institutionalized form of male fear and hatred of what they have denied and therefore cannot know, cannot share: that wild country, the being of women."

Ursula K. Le Guin

"A man is never more serious than when he praises himself."

Georg C. Lichtenberg

"Morality may consist solely in the courage of making a choice."

Leon Blum

"Good company and good discourse are the very sinews of virtue."

Izaak Walton

"It makes little difference how many university courses or degrees a person may own. If he cannot use words to move an idea from one point to another, his education is incomplete."

Norman Cousins

"Thinking about interior peace destroys interior peace. The patient who constantly feels his pulse is not getting any better."

Hubert Van Zeller

"The greatest poem is not that which is most skillfully constructed, but that in which there is the most poetry."

L. Schefer

"You don't develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity."

Barbara De Angelis



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