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Smells and memories

David Epps's picture

I was with someone recently who was using one of those “vape” things, “E-cigarettes,” that help people to either cut down on smoking or to smoke without the tar and carcinogens. From the vapor, or “smoke,” came a very pleasant aroma that triggered something happy in my mind.

“What is that smell?” I asked.

He took the vape out of his mouth and said, “It’s the aroma of pipe smoke.”

“Ah,” I thought. “There’s the memory!” Read More»

Great Marshmallow War of '65

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Great War of ’65

Last week we left the kids from Flamingo Street camped out in Neighbor Thomas’s backyard. With a roaring campfire, they were sugared up on s’mores, bored, and looking for something to do. What they found was an adventure none would ever forget. Read More»

Memorial Day and the Battle Hymn

Bonnie Willis's picture

Like many families in the U.S., my family spent this past Memorial Day by inviting friends over, grilling, and enjoying the freedoms that our men and women in uniform secured for us.

My children posted a small flag in our garden to honor the brave souls who sacrificed their lives for this nation. When I see a service member, I marvel at how they make such a selfless decision, and often ask myself, how does one willingly leave their home and family to serve a nation?
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The VA, the NHS and choice

Cal Thomas's picture

PORTSTEWART, Northern Ireland — President Obama Wednesday replayed a familiar scenario when dealing with scandal, in this case delays for treatment, deaths, alleged cover-ups and other acts of malfeasance reported at Veterans Administration hospitals in the United States: first express outrage, next announce an investigation and then say he won’t comment on the scandal until the results of the investigation are in, promising people will be held “accountable,” if they violated the law. Good luck with that. Read More»

Teachers are changing into indoctrinators

Walter Williams's picture

What would you think if your 8-year-old came home and told you, “White privilege is something that white people have, meaning they have an advantage in a lot of things and they can get a job more easily”?

You would have heard that at the recent 15th annual White Privilege Conference in Madison, Wisc., attended by 2,500 public-school teachers, administrators and students from across the nation (http://tinyurl.com/lkoqj9b).

The average parent has no idea of the devious indoctrination going on in classrooms in many public schools. What follows are some of the lessons of the conference. Read More»

Keystone pipeline opposition: All cause, no benefit

Robert L. Bradley Jr.'s picture

Despite environmentalists’ efforts to stall the approval of Keystone XL, some real progress could soon be made.

The State Department released its long-awaited analysis of the project’s environmental impact earlier this year. The study’s key finding: building and maintaining Keystone would have virtually no effect on global carbon emissions. Indeed, without the pipeline, emissions could rise because the oil will be transported by more carbon-intensive means. Read More»

‘Heaven is for Real’ and Gospel of Life

Dr. Paul Kengor's picture

[Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at thecatholicthing.org.]

I recently bought the book “Heaven is for Real” and saw the movie. That was unusual for me. I don’t typically do the books and movies everyone else is doing, especially the touchy-feely spiritual ones. Maybe it’s the snob in me, or, really, I just don’t like to do what the culture is doing. But this time, I made an exception.

The story is about the near-death experience of a 4-year-old named Colton Burpo, a pastor’s son from Nebraska. Read More»

Living in black and white

Ronda Rich's picture

One Sunday while sitting around the dinner table, Louise and I began to tell Daddy stories, the ones that stretched back to the early days of his preaching life. Since I was born 12 years after he “made a preacher,” as our folks said back then, I could only contribute what he had told me about those days, not what I had seen.

Daddy, raised hard in the Appalachian foothills, had escaped to make a better life for himself when the Lord called and he eventually answered, fighting the calling for a while and running as hard as man can until he succumbs to the Holy Spirit. Read More»

happysad

Michael Boylan's picture

My daughter’s end of kindergarten celebration was this morning. I knew it was going to be rough, emotionally speaking, because my my son’s pre-K graduation, several years ago, was heavy on the theatrics, like a funeral for royalty or a world renowned pop star.

It was designed to show just how much the kids had grown in that one year and it was designed to milk tears out of the parents and teachers. It succeeded. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

The kindergarten celebration wasn’t nearly as maudlin or emotionally manipulative, but nobody was going to escape unscathed. Read More»

Memorial Day

David Epps's picture

The Memorial Day weekend is upon us. Memorial Day, according to History.com, is an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, and honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.

First known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, at least, it marks the beginning of summer. Read More»