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Most personal meltdowns that snowball into newsworthy stories have origins more complex than the public usually learns. On the surface, however, it appears that […]
When we finished our arithmetic in the two-room elementary school I attended, we had discretionary time while children in other grades had their lessons. I […]
Despite all the wrangling over funding, curricula and privatization of our schools, these late-summer weeks remain a hopeful sacred season as we witness the return […]
President Obama declared “war on war” at a recent United Nations gathering. The timing seemed apt, what with armed conflict raging in Syria, Iraq and […]
Metaphors have always served as the stock-in-trade of poets and theologians. Before I could read or ponder the power of words, my parents told me […]
Nearly 7,000 Americans die each day. Most of their names show up somewhere on an obituary page. A few, mostly accident and homicide victims, make […]
This is the story of how Christopher Smith, a self-taught writer-composer-lyricist who has spent much of his career working as a police officer and Youth […]