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Were You Part of History? by U.S. Census Bureau staff
(May 1, 2021)
Despite unique challenges to voter registration and voting created by COVID-19 and heightened concerns about turnout as a result, the 2020 election had the highest voter turnout of the 21st century…
Topics: COVID-19 • Government • News • Politics • Social Issues • Voting & Elections
What Matters More: The White House or Our House? by Greg Asimakoupoulos
(November 6, 2020)
A post-election reflection on the choices we make every day…
Topics: Choices and Decision Making • Government • News • Personal Issues • Values • Voting & Elections
'Twas the Night Before Voting by James N. Watkins
(November 2, 2020)
Jim turns to verse to contemplate the act of voting…
Topics: Faith • Government • News • Politics • Social Issues • Voting & Elections
Election Eve Expectations by Stu Johnson
(October 31, 2020)
Be patient, the 2020 Election is like none before and the counting will go on for days…
Topics: COVID-19 • Freedom • Government • Media • News • Politics • Research • Social Issues • Social Media • Social Unrest, Division • Voting & Elections
Mail-In Voting Update by Stu Johnson
(September 1, 2020)
Do it early!…
Topics: COVID-19 • Current Events, News • Government • News • Politics • Racism and Inequality • Voting & Elections
How Should I Vote? by Stu Johnson
(August 8, 2020)
Will COVID-19 impact the way you vote?…
Topics: COVID-19 • Government • News • Politics • Racism and Inequality • Social Issues • Voting & Elections
Faith, Religion & Spirituality
3 records found
Will You Get a Do-Over? by James N. Watkins
(August 6, 2021)
One slip and an Olympic athlete can be out of the competition. Is that how life treats you?
Topics: Circumstances, Life Events • Current Events, News • Faith • News • Sports • Writing
Two Gifts Nobody Wants by Bill Nichols
(April 25, 2020)
Who wants pain and fear? Yet, we need them…
Topics: Coping • COVID-19 • Crisis • Faith • Fears, Concerns • News
A Holy Week to Remember by James N. Watkins
(April 4, 2020)
Celebrating life in Christ in deadly crisis…
Topics: COVID-19 • Crisis • Current Events, News • Easter • Faith • News • Religion
1 record found
More Than One Million Americans Report Ukrainian Ancestry by US Census Bureau Staff
(July 8, 2022)
Nation's population of Ukrainian ancestry grew fastest after dissolution of Soviet Union…
Topics: Current Events, News • Demographics • History • News • Statistics
Government & Politics
5 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
Will I be Counted? by Stu Johnson
(August 21, 2020)
Don't be left out of the 2020 Election or Census!…
Topics: COVID-19 • Crime, Justice, Punishment • Demographics • News • Politics • Racism and Inequality • Social Issues • Statistics • Voting & Elections
The Last Candidate Standing by James N. Watkins
(September 1, 2019)
Are you already tired of teh 2020 election?…
Topics: Current Events, News • Government • Media • News • Politics • Social Issues
Watkins for President 2016 by James N. Watkins
(February 6, 2016)
Contributor and humorist Watkins throws his pen into the presidential race…
Topics: Humor • News • Politics
Health & Wellness
2 records found
Dreading a Dark Winter Lockdown by David Robson / The Guardian
(January 3, 2021)
Think like a Norwegian, with a mindset that helps combat the long polar night…
Topics: COVID-19 • Current Events, News • News • Wellness
Managing Your Coronavirus Fears by Rusty Wright
(April 4, 2020)
Facing the chaos with facts, confidence, and faith…
Topics: Comfort & Consolation • Coping • COVID-19 • Crisis • Current Events, News • Disease • Faith • News
1 record found
Days of Infamy by Greg Asimakoupoulos
(January 6, 2022)
January 6, 2021—an insurrection on the 12th day of Christmas—reminds us of events past…
Topics: Crisis • Current Events, News • Faith • History • News • Politics • Social Issues • Social Movements
2 records found
Keeping the Dream Alive in 2021 by Stu Johnson
(January 18, 2021)
Thoughts on Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2021…
Topics: Civility • Current Events, News • Holidays • Hopes & Dreams • News • Patriotism • Politics • Racism and Inequality • Relationships • Social Issues • Social Media • Social Movements • Social Unrest, Division • Voting & Elections
Hope in a Hand Basket by James N. Watkins
(December 29, 2018)
Lessons from Christmas for the New Year…
Topics: Christmas • Future • History • Holidays • Holiday Season • Hopes & Dreams • New Year's • News
1 record found
Hunkering Down Humor by Rusty Wright
(April 18, 2020)
Finding lighter momets while hunkered down for the pandemic…
Topics: Coping • COVID-19 • Crisis • Current Events, News • Humor • News
News & Current Events
28 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
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
Sitting Scared in Church, Thinking About Evil by Garrison Keillor
(March 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…
Topics: Crisis • Faith • News • Politics • Religion • War
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
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White, 'woke' . . . and 'privileged' by James N. Watkins
(July 10, 2020)
Boyhood memories stir thoughts on racism and privilege today…
Topics: COVID-19 • Current Events, News • History • News • Racism and Inequality • Relationships • Social Issues • Social Movements