In Barbara Demick’s book, Nothing to Envy, she describes how in much of North Korea there is no electricity. When darkness occurs there is no reading, watching TV, or nighttime activities we take for granted. She tells the tale of a young girl and her boyfriend sneaking out every night under the protection of darkness to…

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About this time in Lent, I have second thoughts about my Lenten discipline. Maybe it needs some tweaking, or maybe I should have taken on a Lenten partner, like I did on my sabbatical. I hear how wonderful somebody is doing on their Lenten discipline, or someone has taken on a service obligation that makes…

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My friends Casey and Tom can travel for weeks with only a backpack. I wouldn’t be surprised if there weren’t formal clothes hidden somewhere in their backpacks just in case they need it. I on the other hand can go to my favorite place for a few days — the beach, needing only T-shirts and…

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Turn around, every now and then I get a little bit lonely And you’re never coming round Turn around, every now and then I get a little bit tired Of listening to the sound of my tears  — Bonnie Tyler Last year we had a total eclipse of the sun, a once in a lifetime experience…

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