The principle that one should "love they neighbor as thyself" is the direct opposite of the kind of right wing philosophy embodied by Ayn Rand and her disciple, Paul Ryan -- and by people like Donald Trump or Ted Cruz.
Despite a festive atmosphere, the normal stresses of traveling still exist. There are still cancellations, mishaps, or just bad luck. As a volunteer, I hoped this week with my volunteering I could help people get to where they needed to go for the holidays in an efficient and painless fashion.
And let us stand us stand together with the Palestinian people in their struggle for freedom, supporting the boycott of Israel until justice in the Holy Land is achieved.
This December marks seven years since my dear friend and lover passed away. Nothing about that winter felt merry, and I certainly didn't feel in the "holiday spirit." My heart was breaking while the rest of the world carried on singing carols and exchanging gifts, putting on their best holiday game face.
This week's "Only in Illinois" offers a look at the holiday offerings in the state's grandest building. It comes with greetings from all of us at Reboot Illinois that whatever you celebrate this time of year, we hope you do it with people you love.
It doesn't cost a dime to take in their majesty, save for the cup of hot chocolate you'll likely buy on your way. Take a look at this list of some of America's best public Christmas trees
Snow-sprinkled trees, amazing auroras, rambunctious reindeer... Here's why every Christmas lover needs to visit Rovaniemi, Finland.
I've learned through this journey with my son that our children are not an extension of us and are instead their own individual people and should be respected for that. Who am I to tell my son what his gender is?
Look, let's be honest: Christmas is super-gay. All that tinsel, the frolicsome dancing, mulled wine and all its fruity spices -- and oh goodness, all those holiday specials!
It's incredibly easy to put together, but make sure you have enough packs of the chips or nachos and plenty of the toppings -- it'll be eaten quicker than you'd imagine.
This does not say that the events recounted in the nativity narratives are false. It does, however, require readers to recognize that these stories were crafted to show who Jesus was and what he lived for. In them, Jesus embodies what is truly worth aspiring to in life -- not the conventional trappings of success, but a transformative relationship with God.
Christmas, for the divorced folk in this world like me, is half a holiday when it comes to actual time spent with our children. That's because the other half is 'Xmas' -- when they spend it with your ex. Christmas, in other words, just got halved.
I have watched many people go through the holidays, trying to cope with complicated emotions. Many are mourning what their families never were, are not now or never will be capable of being. Sexual abuse, alcoholism and drug abuse, even neglect or emotional estrangement becomes more poignant.
There is no alternative to peace in Syria. That is the best route to defeating ISIS. Let's make a beginning with a nationwide ceasefire. It's time for Syrians to settle differences at the negotiating table, rather than on the battlefield.