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People of all faiths gather at the table

When I explained my Friday night plans to close friends, I got puzzled looks and excited questions. “Really? That sounds awesome!” “What is a Shabbat service?” “Why are you going?” Honestly, these are questions that I am still sorting out for myself. Last Friday night, I attended a Shabbat service […]

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Loving them well

Some people never get to love their grandparents before they are gone. My maternal grandma passed away before I even existed. A graceful, intelligent woman with words like honey and truth in her intentions, she died of cancer in 1996. I hear stories of her and see reflections of her […]

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Maybe we’re all maniacs

After the Emmy award-winning television show “Stranger Things,” Netflix studios has consistently cranked out movies and television shows. They are either tremendous successes or flops … and the jury is still out on their most recent endeavor: “Maniac.” “Maniac” is a dystopian reflection of the near future, critiquing the opioid […]

Why do we love cheesy Christmas movies?
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Why do we love cheesy Christmas movies?

I grew up in a house of six kids, and every year when the Christmas season rolled around the day after Thanksgiving, my siblings and I dove into Christmas cheer by watching our favorite Christmas flicks. As a kid, these movies were exciting, funny and heartfelt, but as I grew […]

The case against guarding your heart
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The case against guarding your heart

Please don’t think what follows is a foolish suggestion to disregard the Biblical mandate to “guard your heart,” as found within the context of Proverbs 4. Generally, the Proverbs (and the Bible as a whole) are excellent sources of wisdom for Christians and non-Christians alike. Also, if you’re in the […]

How to procrastinate like a professional
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How to procrastinate like a professional

Students in college often struggle to balance homework, social life and a healthy sleep schedule. Putting off homework until the last minute to hang out with friends is a major problem that lowers students’ overall GPA and does not allow for a healthy sleep cycle. Procrastination often forces students to […]

Classism in media coverage of the Middle East
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Classism in media coverage of the Middle East

The death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has been in the news a lot recently. It’s certainly a tragedy and is obviously something to mourn. The calls for sanctions on Saudi Arabia aren’t entirely inappropriate, independent of the politics of sanctions. However, I feel those in the news media need […]

The unlikely pairing of two words
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The unlikely pairing of two words

Confidence and humility, two opposite words that I used to believe had zero overlap. I would always hear these words in the context of two different conversations. When I felt lousy about my talents, people would tell me to have more confidence. When I was too proud of my accomplishments, […]