Tag Archives: Religion

Why I’m afraid of Fear Itself

On the morning of December 7, 1941 bombs from Japanese fighter planes began raining down on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The US was suddenly dragged into war with Japan and its axis partners, Germany and Italy. Less than three months later, … Continue reading

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What Rick Perry could learn from ancient Islam

This week, a spokesman for Texas governor Rick Perry made it clear that he intends to enter the 2012 Presidential race. This announcement was made just two days after Governor Perry had presided over a prayer rally attended by 30,000 people … Continue reading

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Love thy twin as thyself

I can’t stop thinking about Tatiana and Krista Hogan. They are the adorable four year-old twin girls who were featured on the cover of the New York Times Magazine the week before last. For those of you who didn’t see this magazine … Continue reading

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A FASTPASS to Heaven?

I just got back from a  family vacation to Disney World. The trip was a great success for several reasons, including the fact that the kids are at the optimal age and that the crowds were not quite as bad as they would have … Continue reading

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On a Slippery Slope to Big Love?

Last week was a big one for the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. (the denomination to which I belong). After years of debate, the majority of the church’s 173 regional associations (referred to as “Presbyteries”) have finally agreed to a rule change that … Continue reading

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The Many Forms of Henrietta Lacks’ Immortality

 The last few weeks have not been conducive to writing, as I’ve been –  ironically – swamped with volunteer work for my church. However, I have been able to squeeze in a little reading time, and just finished The Immortal Life of … Continue reading

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Feeling uncomfortably numb about Libya?

Raise your hand if you have mixed feelings about US involvement in Libya. If you do – you are not alone. According to a Pew Research Center poll released Monday, roughly half of Americans think that air strikes in Libya were ‘the right decision’ but that the Libyan … Continue reading

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Is the Bible just another good book?

One of my all-time favorite works of literature is The Master and Margarita by the great 20th century Russian author Michael Bulgakov. This work, which was first recommended to me by my Russian language professor in college, is a masterpiece … Continue reading

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Seeing through a dirty windshield

We recently got new windshield wiper blades for our car. The old wiper blades were so bad that on one snowy day my husband had to stick his head out the window to see because the windshield was so covered with salt … Continue reading

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On Fatwas and Familiarity…

Last night, approximately thirty women gathered at my house to listen to the ‘faith journey’ of one young Muslim woman named Sara. This gathering, sponsored by the Presbyterian women’s group at my church, was the second in a series of … Continue reading

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