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Religion

  • GRACE NOTES 8/16/14: Every church needs a red door

    One day last week I heard some people on a podcast talking about celebrities’ lifestyle websites, like Gwenyth Paltrow’s “Goop.” 

    Not being interested in what celebrities think I should buy/eat/wear/read, mostly all I heard was a bunch of blah blah blah — until someone said that in the 1990s Cher had a lifestyle catalog.

  • JUDI'S JOURNAL 8/16/14: Our daily bread

    It has been called the Staff of Life, and for good reason. It nourishes our bodies, as well as our souls, and is a staple in the diet of cultures all over the world. It can take many forms: rolls, crescents, loaves and can be soft or crusty, white or dark — but whatever form it takes, bread remains an important part of our daily food habits.

  • God answers prayer, right?

    In 1999, I wrote a book, “Prayers God Always Answers.”

    I had scribbled that title on a piece of paper a few years before that because I was pretty much convinced that God had put in earplugs whenever he saw me getting ready to pray.

    Back then, and truthfully even now 15 years later, I didn’t and still don’t understand how prayer works. Like, if I’m praying for rain and you’re praying that it doesn’t rain, how does God decide whose prayer wins?

  • Smiles for sultry summer

    Those hot, sultry dog days of August are upon us. What better way to beat the heat than to sit back and enjoy a few jokes?

    A few weeks back, a friend of mine sent me the following gems, which supposedly came from a Catholic elementary school Bible test. Though the source here is clearly not Jewish, laughter knows no boundaries and I wanted to share them with my readers. Pay particular attention to the spellings! The comments in parentheses are all mine.

  • Wantology 101

    Just when you think there’s nothing new under the sun, something new comes along.

    There's a new field of psychology called "wantology." It's an actual field of expertise where "wantologists" help people discern or define their wants and desires and then help them work out a plan to achieve them.

    That's what I want — a wantologist!

  • The Music Man

     

    Chronicle staff

    LECANTO - In many of today’s churches, worship music tends to fall into one of two camps: contemporary songs and choruses or old-fashioned hymns sung the same way for decades.

    But there’s a third camp, a revisiting of the old hymns, leaving the theologically rich texts but tweaking or even completely rewriting the music — and adding drums and electric or acoustic guitars.

  • What are you noshing on?

    Not very long ago, ethnic food was just that, ethnic. Italians ate pasta, Mexicans, tacos, and Jews, bagels and lox. Today in our assimilated cultural milieu, just about anything goes and foods that we once considered “ethnic” have found their way into mainstream American cuisine — much to the delight of us all.

  • God’s mercy: The original GPS

    It all started when I was a kid bothering my dad and he told me to get lost.

    Ever the obedient child, I did, and I’ve been getting lost ever since.

    Oh, I jest.

    Seriously, I have no sense of direction, which for many years was a major source of contention between me and the newspaper’s photographer. In giving him directions to a photo assignment, I would often get something wrong and he’d end up in a swamp or empty field.

  • Wantology 101

    Just when you think there’s nothing new under the sun, something new comes along.

    There’s a new field of psychology called “wantology.” It’s an actual field of expertise where “wantologists” help people discern or define their wants and desires and then help them work out a plan to achieve them.

    That’s what I want — a wantologist!

  • Ode to the Greatly Offended among us

    One night several weeks ago, my husband said good night, ran into the bedroom and locked the door — something he’s done dozens of times, always in a playful, good-natured way, always unlocking it within seconds.

    I usually laugh, except when I don’t, like that one night several weeks ago.

    That night, for whatever reason, I decided to be Greatly Offended.