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    Even though we try to keep the number of topics limited and as general as possible, the list of topics is long and constantly growing simply because of the wide scope of content covered by aritcles on the site. A good alternative to using the drop-down list is to click on a topic from the Summary View of the Article List, or the category and topic summary at the top of an Article.
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In addition to the "Most Recent" and "Top Articles" lists, there are three Views of the searchable Article List: (where you are now):

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14 articles found.

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

To change sort order or make another search, modify the form above

Aging, General

 1 record found

A New Day Dawns and We Rise Cheerfully to Meet It by Garrison Keillor

(October 6, 2022)
I know I’m on the last stretch, but I intend it to be a cheerful stretch…
Topics: Attitudes Contemplation, Insight Dying and Death Memories Optimal Aging Relationships

Faith, Religion & Spirituality

 1 record found

Dawn of a New Day by Greg Asimakoupoulos

(April 10, 2020)
Offering hope and possibilities…
Topics: COVID-19 Dying and Death Easter Faith Hopes & Dreams Inspiration


 2 records found

Reflections on Memorial Day by Robert Santos / Director US Censurs Burea

(May 27, 2022)
For many ithe holiday marks the bginning of summer. For others, as recalled here, it has much more profound and personal meaning.…
Topics: Character, Integrity Dying and Death Family History Holidays Memorial Day Memories Relationships Tribute, Testimony

Time to Head to the Graveyard and Pay Respects by Garrison Keillor

(May 26, 2022)
This Memorial Day there is a sense of unease that calls for a rebirth of freedom to move around and live your life without fear.…
Topics: Dying and Death History Holidays Memorial Day Service Tribute, Testimony War

Life Events

 3 records found

Finding Us Faithhful by Richard Bergstrom

(March 11, 2022)
Reflecting on a season of change…
Topics: Change Contentment, Satsifaction Coping Dying and Death Faith Family Grace Housing Inspiration

Mortal Remains by Thomas Lynch / submitted by Stu Johnson

(September 29, 2019)
The dead are no longer welcome at their own funerals…
Topics: Change Choices and Decision Making Dying and Death Trends Tribute, Testimony

I'll Fly Away by Bill Nichols

(November 24, 2018)
Thoughts stirred by a morning walk…
Topics: Contemplation, Insight Dying and Death Memories Metaphors, Life Lessons Nature

News & Current Events

 7 records found

May We Not Just Ache by Leona Bergstrom

(June 3, 2022)
The celebration-filled days of June take a tragic turn as events in a small Texas town once again force us to grieve and struggle to help the hurting…
Topics: Coping Crime, Justice, Punishment Dying and Death Faith News Social Issues Tragedy

Some News, As We Know, is Realer than Other News by Garrison Keillor

(June 2, 2022)
In the aftermath of Uvalde: Life is good in this beautiful country that God has blessed, and the paranoids in our midst are missing out on all the best stuff…
Topics: Crime, Justice, Punishment Current Events, News Dying and Death Dysfunctional, Broken News Social Issues Tragedy

Reality is a Good Antedote, America, Take a Long Hard Look by Garrison Keillor

(March 10, 2022)
Who will be our Zelensky?…
Topics: Coping Crisis Dying and Death Government War

Responding to the Afghan Airport Terrorist Attack by James N. Watkins

(August 27, 2021)
How CAN we respond to such a heinous attack?…
Topics: Comfort & Consolation Compassion Coping Dying and Death Faith Loss & Grieving News Religion Terrorism

Another Milestone by Stu Johnson

(September 24, 2020)
Another look at COVID numbers as we hit 200,000 deaths in U.S.…
Topics: COVID-19 Dying and Death Demographics Disease History News Statistics Trends

The Whole World is Watching . . . Again by Stu Johnson

(June 5, 2020)
Will the response to George Floyd's death be a game-changer?…
Topics: Compassion COVID-19 Crime, Justice, Punishment Current Events, News Dying and Death Faith News Racism and Inequality Social Issues Social Unrest, Division

About Those Numbers by Stu Johnson

(May 19, 2020)
Putting COVID-19 numbers in perspective…
Topics: Communication COVID-19 Crisis Dying and Death Disease Ethics & Morality Media News Research Social Issues Trust Writing