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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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Hail watchdogs of anti-Islamic acts

June 14, 2006 – 1:53 pm |

We go long stretches here in the Valley when no blatant acts of religious bigotry take place — at least ones that are reported or made public. But then two goons are caught on …

Oh, what to do with a paper prayer rug?

June 2, 2006 – 8:58 am |

An older relative of mine was recently conflicted because she had received a “resident” letter from Saint Matthew’s Churches in Tulsa, Okla., which contained a “Church Prayer Rug,” made of paper.The 11 by 17-inch paper …

Church capital campaigns not for amateurs

May 26, 2006 – 5:41 pm |

I suspect that a good percent of active East Valley church-goers are “in debt” to their congregations. They have pledged to their churches for building and expansion campaigns — campaigns with eminently lofty titles like …

Funerals should showcase decedents

May 24, 2006 – 3:22 pm |

I read recently how standardized and uniform Catholic funerals can be, that they can be true cookie-cutter rites. Just plug in the name and keep the Mass to a prescribed time. I was …

‘Da Vinci Code’ industry infinite, exhausting

May 23, 2006 – 3:16 pm |

As mostly a non-fiction book reader, I was in no big hurry to read The Da Vinci Code. I made time in recent weeks to get it read, as a professional duty. …

Pews and pulpits eager for vacation season

May 22, 2006 – 3:37 pm |

High school graduations are this week, and many schools are holding their final classes. By this weekend, the Closed for Summer Vacation” signs will be up. There will be a few weeks of summer school …

Maharishi seeks "bright new fortune dawning.’ Huh?

May 17, 2006 – 2:19 pm |

His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is proclaiming a bright new fortune is dawning but didnt we hear that a dozen years ago with the harmonic convergence?Over the years, I have grown more and more skeptical, …

Don’t confuse Mormons with Fundamentalists

May 15, 2006 – 9:12 pm |

Most of us should be able to sympathize with Mormons who must be irked and fatiqued by the media coverage of Warren Jeffs, the fugitive leader of the Fundamenalist Church of Jesus Christ of …

When polling place is church or mosque

May 11, 2006 – 5:37 pm |

Some voters in various East Valley cities on Tuesday will be going to houses of worship to vote. It may be unsettling to have to cast their votes on religious property. …

Writing and invoking in work and charity

May 10, 2006 – 4:18 pm |

Whatever your talents or skills, invariably you are asked to employ those abilities in some way for the organizations and congregation you belong to. Whether it is computer technology, cuisine, art, flooring, teaching, retail, …