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Last year, two robins built their nest in the Aspen tree in front of our house. I named them Fred and Ethel. Ethel, it appeared, was in charge. Fred helped. But, as with most females, the nest was hers. Fred brought twigs and did his best, but Ethel corrected his mistakes, laid her eggs and …

Columns share an author’s personal perspective.*****Thirty years ago this week — March 12, 1990 — the People of the State of California arraigned Erik and Lyle Menendez on murder charges. They became subjects of collective contempt as Rolexes, Ralph Lauren polo shirts and Alfa Romeos decorat…

Few folks find earthworms charming - except maybe 10-year-old boys who cut them in two and watch them writhe to see if both halves live (in fact both head and tail ends can regenerate, depending upon the species). But there are wizards who charm worms like Indian mystics charm snakes, and so…

We are drowning in bad news. The coronavirus, COVID-19, continues to spread. Many corporations are instructing employees to work remotely from home. Colleges are shifting to online classes. The NBA has suspended its season. March Madness will be played without fans in the seats. From one cas…

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According to the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, there are currently around 380,000 church congregations in the United States. Christianity Today’s Rebecca Randall reports that number was higher in 2006, with approximately 414,000 congregations. From 2006 to 2012, an estimated …

The unmistakable smell started wafting through the kitchen. That was the first sign. Having been down this smelly road once before, my wife and I knew exactly what had transpired. Delilah, our nearly 16-year-old lab/husky mix who loves to lounge outside on chilly evenings, had just been spra…

I grew up with the whitest Jesus you have ever seen. A vitamin D-deficient, sickly-looking Jesus. A Don Knotts meets Gary Busey kind of Jesus. And he was always pictured in the same way: standing in a field, holding a tiny lamb (also pasty white). Not surprisingly, our entire congregation wa…

Old Joe Biden has revived his presidential candidacy, something even hostile or indifferent media have had to admit. On Feb. 29, the extra day of Leap Year, he won the South Carolina primary by a decisive margin.