Archive - 2014

Date

September 4th

High Tea With Mr. Fancypants Sheen

    Is sex more important than music, war, sports and vampires? Is sex more important than Nixon?

    Michael Sheen thinks so.

    The nimble Welsh actor has played a royal flush of renowned men - Mozart, Tony Blair (three times), the English soccer manager Brian Clough and David Frost in "Frost/Nixon." He also starred as a villainous vampire in the "Twilight" movies.

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Between Godliness and Godlessness

    Almost midway through Sam Harris' new book, "Waking Up," he paints a scene that will shock many of his fans, who know him as one of the country's most prominent and articulate atheists.

    He describes a walk in Jesus' footsteps, and the way he was touched by it.

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Sociologists follow a 1982 first-grade class to learn what impacts a life

    In the beginning, when they knew just where to find everyone, they pulled the children out of their classrooms.

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Sociologists follow a 1982 first-grade class to learn what impacts a life

    In the beginning, when they knew just where to find everyone, they pulled the children out of their classrooms.

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Sexism in the Senate

    "Man bites dog" is the classic definition of news. By that standard, "Male senator says something offensively sexist to female colleague" ought to be no news at all. If you're surprised or skeptical about the remarks recounted by New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand -- well, there's only one explanation.

    You must be a man.

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Obama in the lion's den

    Addressing the annual American Legion convention in Charlotte earlier this week, President Obama sugar-coated his defense of selective use of military force by reciting what's been done to cope with the Department of Veterans Affairs' failures to deliver promised benefits to returning troops.

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New West Renaissance

    Just a teardrop down from the Continental Divide, in one of the most remote hideaways in the United States, is a place that should be called Hope. At 6,700 feet above sea level, Centennial Valley is high, mostly dry, and slack-jaw beautiful. The fact that there are more trumpeter swans here than people is a story that tells much about why the American West has never been more vibrant.

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Imagining Successful Schools

    What should teacher accountability look like?

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Humankind's Madness

    While there are always good, kind people among us we also have those at the opposite end of behavior. Perhaps my concern is my stage of life, or perhaps it is the ability to spread instantly all manner of behavior happening throughout the world. Have I been watching or listening to too many of those reports? Whatever it is we seem to have more than a fair share of atrocities.

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Diane Steps Down

    There were no ruffles or flourishes.

    Diane Sawyer stepped down as the anchor of "ABC World News" and the "face" of the network (her job to be effectively split between George Stephanopoulos and David Muir) with characteristic dignity, grace and understatement.

    And, OK, she still looks gorgeous.

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