Get what you need

Now you can't always get what you want,You can't always get what you want,Now you can't always get what you want,But if you try sometimes, you just might findYou get what you need! — Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, You Can't Always Get What You Want, 1969 ... Continue reading

Deconstructing Woody

Woody Allen cuts his banana into seven slices each morning. Six slices, or eight, and something bad might happen. "I know it would be total coincidence if I didn't slice it into seven pieces, and my family were killed in a fire," he says. "I understand that there could be no correlation, but, you ... Continue reading

Are we alone?

We are alone, absolutely alone on this chance planet: and, amid all the forms of life that surround us, not one, excepting the dog, has made an alliance with us. — Maurice Maeterlinck, Belgian playwright and poet As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord is thinking about me right now. You are ... Continue reading

Looking for life

A new five-year analysis of the nation's death rates ... found that the suicide rate among 45-to-54-year-olds increased nearly 20 percent from 1999 to 2004, the latest year studied, far outpacing changes in nearly every other age group. — Midlife Suicide Rises, Puzzling Researchers, Patricia Cohen, ... Continue reading

A Christian perspective on suffering

Our national debate about Terri Schiavo has caused us all to think more about the purposes of life, and specifically about how we ought to respond to suffering.Christians have long wrangled with questions about suffering: why does it exist; what purposes does it serve; what does it tell us about ... Continue reading