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About maradanto

La Maradanto komencis sian dumvivan ŝaton de vojaĝado kun la hordoj da Gengiso Kano, vojaĝante sur Azio. En la postaj jaroj, li vojaĝis per la Hindenbergo, la Titaniko, kaj Interŝtata Ĉefvojo 78 en orienta Pensilvanio.

This is the sermon on guns you probably won’t hear

There is a sermon you probably won’t hear in church tomorrow, and that’s a shame, because it’s a sermon that needs to be preached from every pulpit in this nation, from coast to coast, from North to South, from city … Continue reading

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A plea for life without fear

Curiously, this plea about cops wanting not to be killed is one I’ve heard from black civilians. Eric Garner, choked to death by police Tamir Rice, 12, shot to death by police over a toy gun Walter Scott, shot in … Continue reading

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The moral failure of the Trump federal budget

Budgets are moral documents, and the morals behind this one are reprehensible. For starters, this budget follows a tax reform measure that included a massive giveaway to the wealthiest Americans, the ones who least need federal assistance. With government revenues … Continue reading

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‘What Would Jesus Do?’ and other things Jesus wouldn’t say

Back when I was in college, there was a trend in the church toward pithy sayings that sounded deeper than they really were. The big daddy of these was “What would Jesus do?” or “WWJD?” It works like this. Post … Continue reading

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On respecting the pronouns a person prefers

Two years ago, someone asked me if I preferred to be called Dave, or David It’s not a big deal to me, but it was thoughtful of her to ask, and I appreciated it.* I have a couple friends who … Continue reading

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Freddie Mercury on French horn

The concert hall is full, and more than a thousand sets of eyes are upon me as I take to the stage. To my left is tonight’s star, who will perform a solo rendition of “Hit the Road Jack,” followed … Continue reading

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Our indifference to one another makes me question our humanity

More than 40 years ago, nearly 45, as my dad drove the car through the parking lot of the Foodtown supermarket on summer day in Forest Hills, I looked out the driver’s side window of the back seat. There was … Continue reading

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‘A Viking Christmas’ preview

The setting is Asgard. The place is the giant hall where the Norse gods meet and hold their celebrations. Various gods and their children are gathered around the Christmas tree, which they are in the final stages of decorating. Gunnilde … Continue reading

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‘War Games’: generational watermark

Several years ago, we were at a “Destination Imagination” competition in East Windsor. As I was walking the hall, I heard a group of students from another school disbelieving a parent as he shared how popular a movie “War Games” … Continue reading

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The outcast reindeer of the North Pole

Though we may never know exactly how many reindeer Santa keeps, there are no fewer than 12 whose names we know. The heavy lifters in Santa lore are familiar to all of us, having been named in Clement St. Moore’s … Continue reading

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