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The Vindication of Cheeese, Butter, and Full-Fat Milk
by James Hamblin / The Atlantic (Apr 22, 2022)

Research has exonerated dairy fats as a cause of early death, but low-fat products continue to be perceived as healthier…


The Great Watkinso
by James N. Watkins (Apr 22, 2022)

Watch Jim perform for the simple enjoyment of it, or share his magic with the grand-kids (or anyone!)…


Enough of That, Let's Talk About Happiness
by Garrison Keillor (Apr 21, 2022)

To create laughter out of ordinary tedium is a privilege. There’s nothing better.…


The Ultimate Godwink!
by Greg Asimakoupoulos (Apr 17, 2022)

Easter is the Godwink of all Godwinks!…


1950 Census Released
by US Census Bureau Staff (Apr 16, 2022)

While we know the aggragate statistics, the details remain hidden for seven decades, but now you can dive into the details of the 1950 census…


It is a God Friday
by Greg Asimakoupoulos (Apr 15, 2022)

Reflections of Good Friday…


Forget About Nut Cases, Let's Talk About What's Real
by Garrison Keillor (Apr 14, 2022)

There’s a lot of gossip and envy and animosity out there, don’t kid yourself, so all the more reason to hold fast to your friends…


The Master's Palm Sunday
by Greg Asimakoupoulos (Apr 10, 2022)

The Amen Corner at Augusta National Golf Course—when the Master's falls on Palm Sunday…


From Refugee to Royalty
by Greg Asimakoupoulos (Apr 9, 2022)

Remembering the remarkable Madeleine Albright…


Prayer of the Children
by Kurt Bestor (Apr 8, 2022)

Written for another war this song is a poignant reminder of the suffering in Ukraine now . . . or any war, in any place…


Just One More Morning of an Old Man
by Garrison Keillor (Apr 7, 2022)

Thoughts on life from the right field bleachers…


COVID-19 Perspectives for March 2022
by Stu Johnson (Apr 6, 2022)

Omicron surge spreads around the world, making return to normal less clear. At the the same time, USA levels off after big spike in January, making a return to normal seem more likely, but are we moving too quickly?…


A Poetic Month
by Greg Asimakoupoulos (Apr 2, 2022)

April is National Poetry Month…


10 of the Best Train Journeys in Europe
by Tom Hall / The Guardian (Apr 2, 2022)

A new book on rail travel across the continent showcases gorgeous scenery, historic routes and adventures at a slower pace…


The Mulligan Movie
by Rusty Wright (Mar 31, 2022)

Need a second chance?…


What Can We Learn from the Madness of March 2022?
by Greg Asimakoupoulos (Mar 31, 2022)

It's been a crazy couple of years, right?


Calm Down, People, It's Going to be Okay
by Garrison Keillor (Mar 30, 2022)

Our problem isn’t polarization, it’s Twittification …


What the Tip-of-the-tongue Phenomenon Says About Cognitive Aging
by Roger Kreuz and Richard Roberts / MIT Reader (Mar 26, 2022)

While word-finding failures can be taken as evidence of memory problems, they may not be harbingers of befuddlement after all.


A Modern-day Pieta
by Greg Asimakoupoulos (Mar 26, 2022)

A statue of Christ is carried to a bunker for safe keeping in Lviv Ukraine…


When You Eat Matters
by Elena Koning / The Conversation (Mar 26, 2022)

How your eating rhythms impact your mental health…


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COVID-19 Perspectives for February 2022
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Have we seen the last giant gasp of the COVID pandemic as it morphs into an endemic, or are we rushing too quickly to return to normal? What happens in March will answer that question…


Women's History Month
by US Census Bureau Staff (Mar 19, 2022)

Numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau provide a picture of women in America today…


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by Stu Johnson (Feb 4, 2022)

Omicron causes seismic surge in cases, raising the societal toll, but the good news is that mortality rates (deaths as proportion of cases) continue to fall…


Sitting Scared in Church, Thinking About Evil
by Garrison Keillor (Mar 17, 2022)

America has been so fascinated with our own circus, we didn’t fully appreciate true evil and now here’s Putin taking his place with Lenin and Stalin…


America's Fastest-Growing Sport
by Shannon Mullen / NPR (Feb 25, 2022)

It is a cross of tennis, ping-pong and badminton…


Love, Marriage, Sex . . .
by James N. Watkins (Feb 10, 2022)

Jim updates his annual list of top posts, cartoons, and a video for Valentine's Day 2022…


Praise the Lord and Pass the Prozac
by Faith A. Watkins and David N. Watkins (Jan 28, 2022)

A sneak peak at a book of devotionals for mental health, coming in August…


A Cactus' Lesson
by Greg Asimakoupoulos (Jan 28, 2022)

It's never too late to grow and reach…


The Future of Escapism As I See It
by Garrison Keillor (Jan 27, 2022)

The new Las Vegas should be in Minnesota…


Through the Years
by James N. Watkins (Jan 21, 2022)

The top ten posts at Hope & Humor…


Lent and Easter 2022
by James N. Watkins (Mar 4, 2022)

Jim's annual collection of cartoons, devos, humor, and more for the Lenten season…


Reality is a Good Antedote, America, Take a Long Hard Look
by Garrison Keillor (Mar 10, 2022)

Who will be our Zelensky?…


Coping with Another Tough Winter
by Brad Stulberg / GO.com (Jan 22, 2022)

5 strategies from the latest research in psychology, neuroscience, and sociology that have a lot to say about getting through hard times…


My Mother Told Me and Now I''ll Tell You
by Garrison Keillor (Jan 20, 2022)

The days are getting longer and the skies are brighter. . . that is a good thing…


What You Won't Read in the Paper, Except Now
by Garrison Keillor (Mar 3, 2022)

Say what you will, life is good…


The Agony and the Ecstasy of Downsizing
by Leona Bergstrom (Feb 12, 2022)

I know I must let go of stuff, let go of who I once was and the pursuits I once fought for, but…


The Little Known Benefits of Raw Oytsers Perhaps
by Garrison Keillor (Feb 17, 2022)

It was a very happy day in Easton…


Forget About Nut Cases, Let's Talk About What's Real
by Garrison Keillor (Apr 14, 2022)

There’s a lot of gossip and envy and animosity out there, don’t kid yourself, so all the more reason to hold fast to your friends…


Let's Hear It for Spring
by Greg Asimakoupoulos (Mar 23, 2022)

The beauty of spring is indescribable…


Happy 70th Birthday to Me!
by James N. Watkins (Feb 18, 2022)

I prefer to think of it as 30 plus 40 years of experience…



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