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Motorcycles, Riptides & More: Chats with Loudon Wainwright, Vancy Joy, John Velghe and Rocco DeLuca

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.08.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Loudon Wainwright: "It's hard to be objective about oneself. I don't know what's different, it doesn't feel like anything has changed in the 40 years that I've been writing songs."

Gigi Gordon, Death Row Lawyer: An Admirable Life Ended as It Was Lived

Matthew Chapman | Posted 08.01.2014 | Crime
Matthew Chapman

When life was no longer worth living, she ended it. I see no irony in this. As a tough, intelligent, independent person, she did not want to either lose her mind or be a burden to anyone. She was an admirable woman who lived her convictions.

How I Became Interested in the Death Penalty and Why I'm Against It

Matthew Chapman | Posted 07.27.2014 | Crime
Matthew Chapman

It is easier to dismiss someone as being "evil" than to face the tangle of social failures that we're all complicit in. It's easier to hate the adult than to ask what made a child grow up wanting oblivion and finding fulfillment in a killing.

Ramadan Reflection Day 13: A Love Supreme

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.10.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Growing up, my understanding of God was always tainted by a negative framing. Through Sunday schools and Friday sermons, I learned that God was watching me, but only later on in life I understood that God was watching over me-- two very different things.

The Inside and Outside of Compassion

Dr. Hyder Zahed | Posted 08.16.2014 | Good News
Dr. Hyder Zahed

Even without direct contact, we can still cultivate a general feeling of human connection at spiritual and emotional levels through being committed to expanding our empathy and sense of oneness with all beings.

What Would You Do For A Million Dollars?

David Briggs | Posted 06.29.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Seven in eight Americans say they would turn down any amount of money up to $1 million to kick a dog in the head. However, half of Americans say th...

God's Way or the Highway

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 05.29.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Last week we worked our way through the main body of the Parable of the Wedding Feast (Matthew 22:1-14). But then we came to the surprising finish. ...

The "Negative Sainthood" of Rev. Fred Phelps

Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D. | Posted 05.21.2014 | Religion
Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D.

Every life lived has something to teach us about ourselves and God, does it not?

Valentine's Day Gifts - Living Wills, Advance Directives, DNRs

Joseph Cooper | Posted 04.13.2014 | Books
Joseph Cooper

Two of the most notable books published in the U.S. in 2013 "trouble" readers with medical, ethical, moral, emotional, psychological and legal struggles that arise when a loved one is succumbing to insidious pain and irreversible incapacity.

Obama's Opening to Mercy

Mark Osler | Posted 03.31.2014 | Religion
Mark Osler

Shortly before Christmas, we saw President Obama employ this power in a meaningful and strategic way. He granted 13 pardons and commuted eight prisoners. The commutations were particularly significant, as they represented the largest number of commutations in a single day in over a decade.

Jewish Teachings on Reconciliation and Peace

Ron Kronish | Posted 03.08.2014 | Religion
Ron Kronish

This week Jews around the world will read one of the most troubling portions in the Bible. Its raises the question of whether the God of the Bible -- and the God of the Jewish Tradition -- is a God of War or a God of Peace! Or can this God be both?

The Only 2014 Resolution You'll Need... the One That Changes Everything

Steve McSwain | Posted 02.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Steve McSwain

William "Bill" Butler and Dr. Steve McSwain This is the season for New Year's resolutions. Actually, however, there is only one resolution you...

Bloomberg's Right: That's Just the Way God Works

Kristen Marble | Posted 02.18.2014 | Religion
Kristen Marble

Bloomberg was right about God too. Well, sort of. God works in such a way as to expect us to work against the injustices, the travesties, the unluckiness.

Humanity's Paradoxical Story

Rev. Kenneth Tanner | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Rev. Kenneth Tanner

Women and men are made good by a wise and infinite community that John and Paul call Love and then, tragically, by sin and submission to dark powers, we are found lost, drifting from our Maker, hopeless and dying, yet never ceasing to bear God's image.

Lessons for a Political Fog of War

Elena Kryzhanovskaya | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Elena Kryzhanovskaya

The lessons from the documentary film Fog of War starring Robert McNamara offer wisdom for John Bohner, a man in the fog of political warfare.

U.S. Catholic Women at Crossroads as Gender Gap Disappears: Will Pope Francis Make a Difference?

David Briggs | Posted 11.27.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

The day of reckoning for a church that excludes women from the priesthood and has alienated many with its emphasis on rules governing sexual morality may finally have come.

Letters from Prison

Mark Osler | Posted 11.10.2013 | Religion
Mark Osler

If we are honest, we all have an agenda. My own agenda is shaped by a passage my mom taught me, Micah 6:8. It teaches that what God requires is that we seek justice, love mercy, and "walk humbly with our God."

In Redemption Days, Hoping for Better

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 10.05.2013 | Religion
Arzu Kaya Uranli

Ramadan awards us fasting to explore and discover new things deep inside of us, life and religion. Every year I'm amazed to find a new angle to see my surroundings through Ramadan's lens.

Jesus the Liberal

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.01.2013 | Religion
Michael Shammas

A long time ago there was a remarkable man, a man who said that might does not make right, that the weak have a strength the strong do not have, and that what we call "justice" is often really injustice. He was a man who was condemned by traditional conservative society.

What About Bob? Mad Men, Episode 12

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 08.18.2013 | TV
James Marshall Crotty

Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon...

Dear Dzhokhar, I Can't Hate You

Rev. Mr. Michael Rogers, S.J. | Posted 06.21.2013 | Religion
Rev. Mr. Michael Rogers, S.J.

Dear Dzhokhar, I don't and can't hate you. I am glad you are in custody, but you are just a kid, and you are lost. I will love and pray for you.

The 15 Best Songs Of The Year

Kia Makarechi | Posted 02.16.2013 | Entertainment
Kia Makarechi

The best songs of 2012 did more than please listeners' ears; they also advanced the genres they represented, whether it was pop, hip hop, rock, EDM or whatever we're calling Fiona Apple's music these days.

Kim's Cat, Mercy, Dies

Posted 12.10.2012 | Celebrity

It's a sad day for Kim Kardashian. Sources confirm to E! News that her beloved cat, Mercy, died due to a cancer-like virus often associated with b...

Politics and Religion

Peter Clothier | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics
Peter Clothier

I send metta to the American voter in the coming days, hoping that those many who hear the voices of evangelists and vote on biblical principles will vote on principles of the New Testament rather than the Old.

Kim Kardashian Takes Mercy To Grooming Appointment

The Huffington Post | Erin Clements | Posted 10.19.2012 | Celebrity

Kim Kardashian's week got off to a rough start, thanks to an awkward run-in with ex Reggie Bush. But despite that distraction, come Monday, Kim was...