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November 7, 2011 – 5:05 am |

More than a century ago Leo Tolstoy wrote about a greedy farmer in his tale, “How Much Land Does a Man Need?” This farmer was discontent with his life because he never seemed to have …

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Random or planned act of giving is blessing

July 17, 2006 – 5:24 pm |

It was 9:30 on a Sunday night and I was fully asleep. I was rustled from slumber by a solicitor calling for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, seeking another donation. She went through about five …

Hope found in public school religion course

July 14, 2006 – 2:10 pm |

I suspect many of us reflect on the best of our school days as those teachers and classes where we were pushed to the limits with demanding work and curricula and where even provocative, …

Mormon muses on her churchs rock truths

July 12, 2006 – 12:05 pm |

A Mesa member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently wrote me that I am a woman and proud to say that I will never hold a position of priesthood leadership in …

Muslims version of multicultural yellow pages gets petty for omission of Israel

July 11, 2006 – 10:45 am |

I vote in the economy with my wallet as effectively as I can. I am mindful in targeting my boycotts and making sure they know I’m putting no dollars in their coffers because …. …

Seminarian tries hand at Mideast peace work

July 7, 2006 – 12:22 pm |

Summer is fleeting by, and across this planet, some terrific, centered, earnest young people have planted themselves for at least a few months to share their gifts and to gulp down intercultural learning and experiences …

Statue of Liberty profaned by Memphis church that puts cross in Lady Liberty’s hand

July 6, 2006 – 11:28 am |

Fresh from the recent renewed debate about desecration of the American flag and whether we need to protect it with a constitutional amendment, we face the issue of the Statue of Liberty. Does it need …

Blessed with a Yankee Doodle Dandy granddaughter born on the Fourth of July

July 5, 2006 – 9:09 am |

Fourth of July has always lit up the sky, but, this time around, it lit up the lives of me, my wife and family Tuesday with the birth of our granddaughter. We got …

It’s the season for pastor rotations

July 3, 2006 – 3:33 pm |

Pastors are on the move this time of year. Time for the ol’ pastor rotations. July 1 is traditionally the start date of newly reassigned Catholic priests and United Methodist ministers, especially. The bishops …

Israel lacking self-restraint in Gaza ‘manhunt’

June 30, 2006 – 4:48 pm |

I rented the film Munich this week and watched, for the first time, the grisly, sobering account about a team of Israeli commandos who picked off and killed targeted Palestinians in retribution for …

1856! The Musical – a powerful account of the arduous handcart treks of Mormon pioneers

June 29, 2006 – 9:56 am |

Americas greatness can be told in innumerable stories of tenacity, courage and endurance. Groups of people with like ideas, such as the Mormons, created their place in the American fabric through their determination …