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Like the magi, wise people still search for God today

Roots of Faith

An early title for the movie that became“Close Encounters of the Third Kind” was “Watch the Skies.” In fact, the phrase was used in the film’s ad campaign. In ancient times, Persian astrologers known as magi (they were not kings) also searched the night skies. They believed the appearance of a new star signaled the birth of a future king. […]

Slow down, reduce stress amid nature’s light

On the Trail

The flashy spectacle of outdoor Christmas displays is pretty hard to beat. Each year the manufacturers of holiday decor seem to hit on one new innovation or another. This year I must admit to being quite enchanted by plump, rough-textured LED lights that perform a stunning rainbow-chameleon show, each bulb changing from violet to gold to scarlet to chartreuse to […]

Help seniors with post-holiday letdown

Other Side of 50

The 55-plus community my mother lives in has a weekly get-together at its clubhouse. Everyone who chooses to come brings a food item to share and visiting with one another includes the goings-on in their lives—who welcomed grandchildren, who’s expecting visitors and talk of current events. Showing up at last week’s gathering were only nine people, when most of the […]

Won’t you love your neighbor?

Roots of Faith

Can a low-cost, low-key children’s TV program of the last century show how we can live in harmony? In the 1950s, Fred Rogers entered seminary, no doubt assuming that he, like most graduates, would spend his ministry in a church pulpit. But he was also watching the kids’ programming of the day. After viewing raucous shows of crazy clowns and […]


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