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By Madeline Phoenix There was a grand rainstorm today; it caused the power lines on our road to collapse, due to the colossal impact of a withered old oak tree. For almost four hours, we were bereft of technology’s ‘affectionate’ …

Nanotechnology: An Examination of Hopelessness, Ray Bradbury-Style Read more »

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Confusion reigns. I glance into the bottom of my mug and swirl the chamomile tea around. I ignore the brown spots on the bottom. They’re from a basil plant that occupied the cheap white mug with the light blue dots …

Confusion Reigns: Driving and Talking about Everything Read more »

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Kathy Leonard (l), Vicki Davies, Michelle Smeltzer, Pam Williams and Roni Evans led the discussion at Thursday’s thermal shelter meeting. Photo Credit: Jen Avery

The community I live in, Front Royal, Virginia, has a large problem with homelessness. And with the record cold temperatures we’ve been facing over the past few weeks, the non-profits who work the problem of homelessness as well as several …

When Red Tape Blocks Neighbors from Helping the Homeless Read more »

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Hi Roy. It’s me. You don’t know me from one of the malls or high school football stadiums you frequent. You’ve never heard of me actually. I’m one of those girls who grew up. You actually know a lot of …

Poor Poor Old Roy Moore Read more »

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We live in confusing times. I keep turning thoughts over as I peruse headlines and spot pictures of men carrying sticks, pipes and guns while supposedly enjoying their First Amendment right to peacefully assemble. I get stuck in weird places. …

The Confusion of Charlottesville Read more »

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Intolerance is the single greatest problem I think we face in religion. Intolerance rears its head when Christians preach that Jesus is the only way Home, and anyone whose follows a different path is condemned to hell. Intolerance rears up …

Intolerance and Modern Spirituality: Interfaith Outreach Read more »

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Shame is one of the worst emotions we can teach our children to feel. It’s difficult to wade through spirituality without finding shame, though. We see the hint of it, the strong suggestion of it, throughout Christian schooling as well …

Shame is Not a Good Teacher Read more »

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I read a blog last night that discussed a theory that some Christians have. It runs like this: Jesus is the way, the light, and the truth, and through him is the only way one can approach God. Jesus also …

Is Jesus the Only Way Home? Is it False to Teach Otherwise? Read more »

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I read a passage in Paul’s 1 Corinthians 11:5-6 the other day that got me scratching my head. In it, Paul argues that in an orderly church, a woman who prophesies must have her head covered, or else get her …

Paul is No Friend of Women: Head Coverings Read more »

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Yesterday I wrote about division. I wrote about the Blue Lives and Black Lives, and how both must matter. Both should be loved and supported, in prayer and in action. I favor unity in all cases. I don’t think a …

Don’t Pick Sides When You Pray Read more »

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