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19 articles found.

SUMMARY VIEW  Expanded details within a Category. Click on article title, Category, or a listed Topic

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Faith, Religion & Spirituality

 3 records found

Thanks to Lutherans I Skipped Ballet by Garrison Keillor

(March 16, 2023)
The question I ask myself is, 'Do people of color really and truly wish to enlist in this army?'' It isn't just a religious faith, it's a culture…
Topics: Arts & Entertainment Attitudes Beliefs Faith Lifestyle, General Religion

Thirst-Quenching Heavenly Reign by George Garrison

(January 22, 2021)
A pastor reflects on the contrast between earthly government and the promise of the heavenly reign to come…
Topics: Beliefs Current Events, News Faith God Government Hopes & Dreams Politics Racism and Inequality Voting & Elections

Thankful for What Hasn't Changed by George Garrison

(November 26, 2020)
Being thankful in all circumstances…
Topics: Beliefs Contemplation, Insight Contentment, Satsifaction Faith Holidays Holiday Season Inspiration Thanks, Thankfulness, Thanksgiving


 1 record found

Blessed Are the Meek for They Shall Inheirit a Shirt by Garrison Keillor

(June 17, 2022)
I sat down in a café and enjoyed a croissant. The waiter offered to refill my coffee cup. This is the sort of kindness an old dog takes sustenance from…
Topics: Attitudes Beliefs Contemplation, Insight Contentment, Satsifaction Grace Gratitute Lifestyle, General Optimal Aging

Government & Politics

 3 records found

Where Will the Political Violence Lead? Look to the 1850s. by Joshua Zeitz / Politico

(November 5, 2022)
In the mid-19th century, a pro-slavery minority — encouraged by lawmakers — used violence to stifle a growing anti-slavery majority. It wasn’t long before the other side embraced force as a necessary response…
Topics: Beliefs Government History News Politics Social Issues Social Movements Values Voting & Elections

My Thoughts After Being Cut Down by a Tree by Garrison Keillor

(November 3, 2022)
Everyone has disappointments and worries about the future and sometimes a person can imagine the country is about to crack at the seams…
Topics: Attitudes Beliefs Contemplation, Insight Current Events, News News Politics Social Issues

The Strain of Polarization by James N. Watkins

(November 14, 2020)
What happens when there is no middle ground…
Topics: Beliefs Civility Language, Meaning Politics Relationships Social Issues Unity, Unified Voting & Elections


 2 records found

An Idea, Probably Wrong, but It is an Idea by Garrison Keillor

(November 10, 2022)
I’m not nostalgic for those days long passed, I simply feel that you young people need to know some history…
Topics: Attitudes Beliefs Change Contemplation, Insight Contentment, Satsifaction History Memories Social Movements Values

Libraries and the Death Tax by Arlene Weismantel / The Conversatiion

(September 26, 2020)
What hundreds of American public libraries owe to Andrew Carnegie's disdain for inherited wealth…
Topics: Beliefs Personal Stories (Biography/Autobiography) Books Charity Financial History Inspiration Tribute, Testimony


 2 records found

Indpendence Day Q&A by James N. Watkins

(July 2, 2020)
A not-so-trivial quiz about July 4 and the Founding Fathers…
Topics: Beliefs Freedom God Government History Holidays July 4 (U.S. Independence Day) Patriotism Religion Spirituality, Seeking God Values

What Did We Declare?Exploring the meaning of our founding document by Stu Johnson

(July 4, 2015)
Reading a novel inspires research about the document whose adoption we celebrate on July 4…
Topics: Beliefs Freedom God Government July 4 (U.S. Independence Day)


 1 record found

Dare to be Ordinary by James N. Watkins

(July 9, 2021)
We've been taught we can have whatever we want, but…
Topics: Advice, Guidance & Mentoring Attitudes Beliefs Courage Faith Jesus Lifestyle, General Optimal Aging Trust

Life Events

 2 records found

What if It Does and They Don't? by Garrison Keillor

(September 15, 2022)
Thoughts of rising sea levels, politics, and an ode to the pig whose mitral valve saved my life…
Topics: Attitudes Beliefs Change Health Care Nature Politics Science & Technology Social Issues

What's Your Vantage Point? by Bill Nichols

(May 17, 2020)
Viewing life experiences through the eyes of an artist…
Topics: Arts & Entertainment Beliefs Character, Integrity God Hopes & Dreams Metaphors, Life Lessons Planning

News & Current Events

 5 records found

Here're Your Orders: Make Something Beautiful by Garrison Keillor

(June 30, 2022)
Don’t be disheartened. Deal with the problem.. . . Exercise your gifts. Create beautiful things…
Topics: Beliefs Crime, Justice, Punishment Government News Politics Social Issues Social Movements Social Unrest, Division

Bridging the Divide by Stu Johnson

(January 15, 2022)
A reminder as we look back at The Capitol Insurrection and approach Martin Luther King Jr Day that the divisions we face are not new and that there are ways to bridge the divide…
Topics: Attitudes Beliefs Civility History Media News Politics Popular Culture Social Issues Technology Trust Values Voting & Elections

Conspiracy Theories and Human Psychology by Russell Johnson

(September 18, 2021)
While conspiracy theories may not actually be increasing, awareness of them is, and it is important to understand the role they play in American culture…
Topics: Attitudes Beliefs Media Mental Health Popular Culture Psychology, Psychological Health Social Issues Social Movements

Is It a 'Life' or a 'Choice'? by James N. Watkins

(September 3, 2021)
Texas law turns up the heat on a debate that will not die down…
Topics: Advocacy Beliefs Choices and Decision Making Government History News Social Issues Social Movements Values

Earth and Heaven by James N. Watkins

(October 2, 2020)
What it means to me to be a citizen of both…
Topics: Beliefs COVID-19 Crisis Current Events, News Faith Government Language, Meaning News Religion Social Issues Social Movements