We are going to see a revival in this country; and it’s going to be led by rich people. –Michael Novak

Trivial topics.
Years ago, on a flight back from Chicago I was seated next a voluptuous young woman. She was excited, having appeared the day before on one of those Oprah-type shows titled “They’re all natural.” The topic du jour was the shape and size of her breasts. The next day it was mothers who had lost sons in military conflicts. The next day was successful single transsexuals in the workplace. Then cocaine addicts confessionals. The next day, criminals who lack self-esteem because of love deprivation.

Welcome to the trivialization of tragedy.

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Hedging our Best

October 20th, 2006

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Naturally concerned.
This past week, Loudoun County High School (Maryland) brought in comedian Keith Deltano to plug sexual abstinence at a school assembly. The ACLU urged school officials to ensure that Deltano didn’t cross church-state lines since he happens to be a Christian. Virginia ACLU director Kent Willis was “naturally concerned that the religious views of the speaker… will seep into the presentation.”

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Let’s play word association. When you hear the word heaven, what do you imagine? And when you hear secular, what comes to mind? For most people, when they hear heaven, they think of clouds, far away places, harps, and singing. The word secular makes people think of the Internet, TV, movies and – get this – cities. These answers – and how we perceive and imagine spiritual and secular – accounts for why most of us have difficulty connecting Sunday to Monday.

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All the marbles.
Before Madden 2007 and PlayStation3, children enjoyed playing marbles. In most neighborhoods, it wasn’t very sophisticated. There were only two types of games – funsies and keepsies. “Funsies” is where – at the end of the day – everyone picks up their marbles and goes home. “Keepsies” is winner take all. You bring out the big guns (called “steelies”) when you’re playing for keeps.

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