Political parties will pay attention to one lagging economic indicator in 2012—the rate of unemployment. Lagging indicators confirm patterns that are occurring, such as whether or not the economy is improving. Cultures operate in ways similar to economies, with cultural indicators. Pay particular attention to one lagging indicator in 2012.

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Warning Signs

December 19th, 2011

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The magi bringing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh is a familiar part of the Christmas story. What happens next is less familiar. Warning signs start popping up. They are a part of the story that is often overlooked.

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In the 19th century, American settlers attempted to guard against grass fires—or snuff out an uncontrolled blaze—by deliberately setting small controllable fires. It was called “fighting fire with fire.” Some say one of today’s uncontrolled blazes is crony capitalism. If so, the Sisters of St. Francis are well suited to fight fire with fire.

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Watching reruns isn’t necessarily a waste of time.

For a while it appeared NBATV would be stuck with reruns. But then the NBA struck a deal. The season gets underway December 25th. Until then, NBATV will show reruns. That’s not necessarily a waste of time. You can catch John Stockton, the all-time NBA assist leader. His body of work pictures a role the church once performed very well.

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