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Paul Batura: Doris Day’s life was more than ‘Que Sera, Sera’ — Because our ultimate future is ours to see

Doris Day’s rise to worldwide fame may never had happened at all but for a literal bad break when she was just 14-years-old. Continue reading

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Paul Batura: I feared my mother’s death, but her last words softened the blow

Her parting words represented a last and generous act, a final blessing that gave me the courage to face her death. Continue reading

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Paul Batura: Disney ignores Tolkien’s Christian faith in new drama

The new film “Tolkien” sadly leaves out a major element of the author’s life — his Christian faith. Continue reading

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Paul Batura: Profanity patrol — do we really need the “f” bomb at breakfast?

Go Ahead. Call Me a Prude. I Abhor Profanity. Continue reading

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Paul Batura: What Chick-fil-A taught me about life

Prior to his death in 2014, Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy used to regularly remind the operators of his stores that they weren’t in the chicken business – they were in the people business and just happened to be selling chicken. Continue reading

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Paul Batura: Mocking Nicole Kidman for her Christian faith reveals the misery of her detractors

The conventional wisdom suggests Hollywood is a hotbed for heathens, but there is still a universal spiritual longing in all of us that knows neither profession nor geographic boundary. Continue reading

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Paul Batura: The little-known reason why Ronald Reagan loved jelly beans

Jerry Seinfeld’s popular comedic bit about childhood’s ceaseless search for candy resonates with most of us because it contains what the best humor usually holds – an element of truth. Continue reading

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Paul Batura: Searching for Howard Johnson’s

If you’re over the age of 35, the sight of the orange roof and copper steel cupola weathervane were at one time synonymous symbols of either the great American road trip or a special family meal – or both. Continue reading

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Paul Batura: Why baseball is a last bastion of bipartisanship

After last week’s novel two-game series in Japan that featured the retirement of Seattle Mariners ironman Ichiro Suzuki, Major League Baseball opens Thursday with a 15-game slate, an occasion marking the start of its sesquicentennial season. Continue reading

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My father died two years ago. I’m still struggling to clean out his closet.

As far as deaths go, my father’s was a good one. Continue reading

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Why I keep this late basketball coach’s 7-point creed in my wallet

College basketball’s high holy season kicks off this week, the commencement of its popular 68-team tournament that will culminate with the Final Four and the crowning of NCAA’s basketball champion on April 8th in Minneapolis. Continue reading

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My dog jumped out of a second-story window. you won’t believe what happened next

Our pets can teach us many things, most especially patience and perspective. Continue reading

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Alex Trebek’s life has been framed by being the man with the answers. Now he’s in this fan’s prayers

For the last 35 years we’ve welcomed Alex Trebek into our homes each evening and in the process, he’s become an extended member of our families.  Continue reading

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Why Ash Wednesday holds the solution to life’s chaos and unrest

The receiving of ashes is a stark reminder of life’s earthly brevity and finiteness. That’s because as the minister applies the ashes to your forehead, the blessing contains the warning, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.â… Continue reading

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(Almost) everything I need to know I learned on my paper route

The demise of great institutions often come in degrees, a gradual decline akin to each evening’s setting sun. And nowhere is this more the case than the newspaper industry, a once venerable behemoth arm of the Fourth Estate. Continue reading

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What do King Tut’s tomb and the 21st Century have in common? The answer will surprise you

After years of political and cultural sparring, the restoration of the famed King Tutankhamen’s tomb was completed last week, a joint venture of the Getty Conservation Institute and Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities.  Continue reading

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Yes, God cares who wins Super Bowl LIII

By the numbers, Sunday’s Super Bowl LIII matchup in Atlanta featuring the perennially favored powerhouse New England Patriots versus the upstart Los Angeles Rams is the Mount Rushmore of sporting and marketing events. Continue reading

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Remembering the space shuttle Challenger: a bold prayer in a public school that brought comfort amidst the grief

It was 33 years ago this coming Monday that NASA’s space shuttle Challenger, carrying Christa McAuliffe, the nation’s first teacher-turned-astronaut, along with six other crew members, exploded just 73 seconds after liftoff. Continue reading

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New year, new hopes — what Ronald Reagan taught me about pursuing your dreams

The memory of that fateful meeting is a reminder that we all need to take a chance in 2019. Continue reading

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‘Silent Night’ is 200 years old this Christmas Eve – Here’s why its simple message is still so powerful today

The bicentennial commemoration of this famous carol reminds us that behind the holiday’s trappings and traditions, beyond the legends and lights and the songs, there rests a story behind the story, and never more so than at Christmas. Continue reading

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