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Murder or Suicide? The Exhumation of Michelle O'Connell

Matt Doran | Posted 05.24.2016 | Crime
Matt Doran

Was it suicide or was it murder? The relentless family of young mother Michelle O'Connell believes they may finally have unearthed the answer. Matt Doran flew to Florida to investigate a discovery that some say could have devastating consequences for those in power.

In Defense of Western Civilization

Richard Finger | Posted 05.16.2016 | Politics
Richard Finger

Last month, undergraduates at Stanford University resoundingly beat back a proposal to return, after a near three decade absence, the study of Western...

Invisible Traveler: The Old Charm of St. Augustine

Ioana Budeanu | Posted 03.31.2016 | Travel
Ioana Budeanu

This week I've discovered a colonial jewelry, a city full of colors and flavours. You can see the city in a day, but I think you will fall in love wit...

Ten Ways to Re-Discover the Fountain of Youth

Sharon Hoge | Posted 03.08.2016 | Travel
Sharon Hoge

Exploring Old and New St. Augustine Join the visitors enjoying the sights of historic St. Augustine Although you're not aware of it, you're probabl...

Where Is Home?

Mark Matousek | Posted 01.07.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Mark Matousek

A few years back, I traveled around the United States doing research for an article about the epidemic of homelessness in our country. Like many peopl...

11 U.S. Beach Towns You Can (And Should) Escape To This Winter

Patti Morrow | Posted 12.22.2015 | Travel
Patti Morrow

Now that winter is upon us and an end to the frenzy of the holidays in sight, visions of escape routes to warmer climates are starting to dance in our...

Ten Reasons to Visit St. Augustine in November

Patti Morrow | Posted 11.06.2015 | Travel
Patti Morrow

Proudly laying claim as America's oldest city, the historical and charming St. Augustine was founded in in 1565 and is also considered by many to be America's most romantic destination.

In Praise of David Brooks

Robert E. Murphy | Posted 11.06.2015 | Books
Robert E. Murphy

The road to character, David Brooks is telling us, is away from self to other, then back to self --a new self, whole, reformed, dedicated. "No person," he writes in his concluding chapter, "can achieve self-mastery on his or her own. . . . Everybody needs redemptive assistance from outside."

Holy or Holey?

Francis Levy | Posted 09.24.2015 | Books
Francis Levy

There are lots of righteous people who follow the tenets of religion, but the truly spiritual person is one whose holes, frailties or failings have caused him to undertake a journey or reckoning or to make a confession in which he or she's forced to reach out for help from God.

The Sperm, the Egg, and Pope Francis

David Morris | Posted 09.24.2015 | Religion
David Morris

For the last 47 years, while virtually every other Christian denomination has approved of birth control and the majority of Catholics use birth control regularly the Catholic Church has fiercely maintained its position that the sperm has a God-given right to try to get to the egg.

The Irish Vote -- a New Pentecost for the Church?

Matthew Fox | Posted 06.08.2016 | Religion
Matthew Fox

This vote is a sea change in Irish consciousness which up to 1993 had criminalized homosexuality and up to ten years ago was very much a theocracy under the thumb of the Catholic Church hierarchy.

What Poet Robinson Jeffers Can Teach Christians

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 05.29.2016 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

The church reformer Martin Luther (1483-1546) loves the Latin phrase "Incurvatus in se." It comes from St. Augustine and means to be curved in on oneself. Luther believes that we have a tendency not just to worship our self, but to see the world only according to our own self interest.

15 Gay Places to Go in 2015

Billy Kolber | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Billy Kolber

Photo Credits (cc) Flickr The places themselves aren't gay (one of them still criminalizes homosexuality!) but if you are, this is the ultimate guide...

"Just" Because: Augustine's Just War and the Ethics of Torture

Russ Pierson | Posted 02.16.2015 | Religion
Russ Pierson

As Yale law professor Stephen Carter pointed out in an interview on an NPR broadcast Dec. 13, "It strikes me that you can have a program that is immoral and also occasionally produces good information."

Holidays, Florida Style! 5 Tropical Traditions

Orbitz.com | Posted 02.03.2015 | Travel
Orbitz.com

When the weather outside is frightful, Northerners flock to Florida to escape the cold. But with no white Christmas to mark the holiday season, you'll have to learn to celebrate like the locals.

Restlessness or Respectability? A Spiritual Freedom to Be Dangerous After Ferguson

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 01.26.2015 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

African American historians, womanists in particular, have long warned that "respectability" is an elite ideology that encourages the marginalized to conform to sociocultural standards and mannerisms defined only by those in power.

The Pivotal Black History of St. Augustine, Florida

David Paul Appell | Posted 10.24.2014 | Travel
David Paul Appell

It behooves us all to take another look at the bravery, the agony, and the hope of that very different time, and do what we can to reabsorb its lessons.

Great Getaways: St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra

Budget Travel | Posted 05.12.2014 | Travel
Budget Travel

There's more to Florida than theme parks, beaches, and cities where you can party 'til dawn (although those are pretty great, too!).

The Son of God: Safe and Comfortable Middle Class Jesus

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 05.04.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey fail in their newly-released film The Son of God, because their interpretation of Scripture is simplistic and triumphalist. Where there are choices to be made -- and with the Gospels, the choices abound -- Burnett and Downey have an unerring urge to favor the safe ones.

Colbert and Catechesis

Martin Marty | Posted 04.05.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

Must all religious catechesis be dull? Manning does not suggest that catechists or anyone but Colbert can replicate his "delighted/delighting" approach, but they can learn from him as a model.

6 Most Beautiful Churches in America

Budget Travel | Posted 03.25.2014 | Travel
Budget Travel

No matter what your religious affiliation is, everyone can find enlightenment in the towering domes, mosaic artworks, and impressive sculptures, not to mention the stories behind these buildings.

Bucket List Adventures You Can Actually Afford

Budget Travel | Posted 10.28.2013 | Travel
Budget Travel

Custer State Park is located just an hour's drive south of Mount Rushmore and is one of those places where reaching it is half the fun. There very few places on earth where you can actually get stuck in traffic because a herd of buffalo decided to cross the road.

Reeling In Latino Tourists

First Coast News | Jessica Clark | Posted 12.24.2013 | Latino Voices

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Isabela Alanso has had her store, Isabella's, in downtown St. Augustine for decades. "I sell cigars, the best cigars," she p...

Marriage Equality: How I Changed My Mind

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 07.03.2013 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

I long feared the confusion that might arise from marriage grounded solely on affection. How do we know what to honor as "marriage" and how do we distinguish that from "friendship"? I can now see that the boundary line must be the strength of commitment shared by two loving hearts.

5 Lighthouses Worth a Climb This Summer

MiniTime | Posted 06.12.2013 | Travel
MiniTime

There's no more thrilling way to discover lighthouses than to climb their towers, step-by-step, on the same staircases used by lighthouse keepers and their families a hundred years ago.