Thursday, Jan 29, 2015

Linda Downing

Light vs. Darkness: The Real War

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) may have assigned 2015 the most ironic title in history: “Year of Light.” The full title is the “United Nations International Year of Light and Light-...
Published: 01/23/15

The time is now

No one has ever made this point more clearly than King Solomon: “To everything there is a season and a time…a time to keep silence, and a time to speak” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7). It has been echoed from Elvis — “a litt...
Published: 01/16/15

Yearning for change in 2015

At the end of a manmade calendar lies a desire for transition, a yearning for change. This is normal; this is human; this is God-given. It is the “new” in New Year.
Published: 01/09/15

Realistic optimism is possible

After the end-of-2014 overviews, the wild celebrations on New Year’s Eve, the 2015 prognostications, the resolutions to learn from it all, Jan. 2 dawns upon the overactive and tired. It is even worse if behind it all is façade or fear or ...
Published: 01/02/15

What if there was no New Year?

If we let it, the good outweighs the bad—eventually. Before we discard change as a possibility, before we accept an anti-hope stance as a lifestyle, let us embrace at least the idea of a New Year with all the sappy things we dream in our heart...
Updated: 1 months ago

What people fear most this Christmas

Many people name death as their greatest fear. Fyodor Dostoyevski, the great Russian novelist, believed that change is “what people fear most.” That dread in itself is a kind of death.
Updated: 1 months ago

Self-identification may frighten

Let us imagine walking alone in the woods and hearing someone groaning and coughing. When we finally trace the sound’s source, it is not someone but something that usually croaks. A new species, the Atlantic Coast leopard frog, recently found ...
Updated: 1 months ago

Expectation fuels advent

We search for meaning in our lives. Advent, celebrated the four weeks prior to Christmas, applies thanksgiving to expectation of something good. “Hold every moment sacred,” wrote Thomas Mann. “Give each clarity and meaning…...
Updated: 2 months ago

Is age an issue?

Nothing is a “non-issue” anymore. Yet, that is what 37-year-old Becky Hammon, the first woman named a full-time assistant coach in the NBA, called her upcoming appearances in the men’s locker room—a non-issue. Well, okay &...
Updated: 2 months ago

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