Amish Newspapers Thrive in Digital Age

Mrs. Miller doesn’t read the entire newspaper. “Some people put in things that don’t interest me, like who is going to host church next time,” she said. She reads letters from former hometowns and from her older sister, 89-year-old Ada Coblentz, who writes for the Budget and recently noted she had a chest cold. Both papers like variety—and letters about interesting, if benign, events. Included on Die Botschaft’s recent Worth…

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This Is What It Looks Like Just Before the Muslim Brotherhood Jumps You

As the recent death toll in Egypt surpasses 500, news of Muslim Brotherhood supporters being slaughtered in Rabaa Al-Adawiya Square has been an especially tragic manifestation of the powder-keg that is “post-revolutionary” Egypt. Just days before, our photographer found himself embroiled in an MB protest near to that now-tragic location. While this story does not in any way compare to the events that are currently transpiring there, it might shine…

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Finished Reading “Fibble,” Book 4 in “Heck: Where Bad Kids Go.”

I finished reading to my daughter the fourth of the nine “Heck” books, featuring Milton and Marlo Fauster, who find themselves in the adolescent afterlife.. This book features a visit to the Furafter, the animal version of the afterlife. I love the fact that the canine equivalent of Limbo is called “Stay!” I also wept tears of joy when I realized how long in advance the author set up a…

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In Space as on Earth

A thoughtful reflection on religion in Star Trek. While Humans aren’t depicted as participating in any form of organized religion (there is a reference to a Christmas party here, a nod to monotheism there), the series also includes a distrust of science and technology, regularly depicting mad scientists, societies over-dependent on technology, etc.) that insists there is more to humanity than science and logic and knowledge can satisfy. There are…

Italian journalist to be beatified for helping Jews escape persecution

Journalist who helped saved Jews from Holocaust is on the path to be named a saint. An Italian journalist and father of seven, who helped hundreds of Jews to escape Nazi persecution, will be beatified on June 15 in the Italian city of Carpri.Odoardo Focherini who died aged 37 in the Hersbrueck Nazi concentration camp will be beatified in recognition of the lives he saved and the people he helped.…

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Pope calls Argentine kiosk owner to cancel paper delivery

This is a very cute story, further illustrating the “regular guy” image that has underscored the vast majority of the coverage the new pope has received. “Seriously, it’s Jorge Bergoglio, I’m calling you from Rome,” the Pope insisted. “I was in shock, I broke down in tears and didn’t know what to say,” Del Regno told the Argentinean daily La Nacion. “He thanked me for delivering the paper all this…

David Mahokey stars as Jesus.

Alas for You (Godspell, Stage Right)

Three weeks ago tonight, I got an email from the director saying he thought he could use me in the cast. A whirlwind of rehearsals, a week of run-throughs, three performances, and we’re done. Wow! The first act of Godspell is almost entirely fun and games, but the second act quickly moves through the confrontation with the Pharisees (depicted in this number) the betrayal of Judas, the passion and crucifixion.…