The sun has just set. From where I sit, up on a ridge, I hear music from two simultaneous song sessions filling the Valley below. When campfires turn to embers, youngsters will peel themselves away from the festivities and make their drowsy way to their bunks. Their dreams will no doubt be filled with obstacle courses and tie-dye, hikes and ropes courses. Another day at summer camp is done.
Love others as much as you love yourself,” Jesus told his followers. These words are considerably more than a sugary Sunday-school story. For those who take these words to heart, “love others” has profound, life-altering implications, not all of which are warm and fuzzy. Consider the life of Bernard Lichtenberg, arrested seven decades ago. His crime: He loved. Lichtenberg was a Catholic priest serving in Berlin before the outbreak of World War 2. When Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party came to power, he recognized the coming terror better than most, and made it his ambition to help the Jewish people and other persecuted groups.
Here we are, deep in the Here we are, deep in the dog days of another summer. School is out, vacation days are being cashed in, and picnic baskets are being packed. Barbecues are firing, pools are splashing, and ice cream trucks are rolling. Meanwhile, thousands, yea millions, are taking to the great American highway.
I’ve made a habit lately of studying the Amish. I use the word “study” loosely as this is not a simple curiosity of mine or some kind of theological experiment. My exploration flows out of a deep respect and admiration for their faith and spirituality. We English (that’s what the Amish call us outside their communities) recognize them because of their familiar beards, horse-drawn buggies, fine woodworking, or barn-raisings, but there’s a lot more to this group than sturdy furniture and firm dispositions. They have a lively, vibrant faith despite their archaic lifestyles.
Light serves a profound function in our lives. Receive too much or too little of it and you’ll experience physical and emotional effects. I remember visiting Alaska in the summer and reading a book by sunlight at 2 in the morning. This was a pretty cool experience, but it made it quite difficult to sleep during my normal times. I also have many friends who live in Seattle and talk about the lack of sunlight they receive on a regular basis. It’s not uncommon for a person to choose where she lives based on the light available in that state. Light affects everything.
My wife and I do some baby-sitting for a single mom we know so she can have some well-deserved “alone” time. Recently, we took her two munchkins to the dollar theater and watched “Mr. Peabody and Sherman.”
Inner Vision Yoga recently announced a workshop for women interested in a natural approach to their labor and birth experience. The Yoga for Labor and Birth workshop will be held 12:30 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 10, at Inner Vision’s Chandler studio, 1949 W. Ray Road, on the southeast corner of Dobson Road. Advance registration is $45 per couple, or $55 at the door.
Light serves a profound function in our lives. Receive too much or too little of it and you’ll experience both physical and emotional effects. I remember visiting Alaska in the summer and reading a book by sunlight at two in the morning. This was a pretty cool experience but it made it quite difficult to sleep at my normal times. I also have many friends who live in Seattle and talk about the lack of sunlight they receive on a regular basis. It’s not uncommon for a person to choose where she lives based on the light available in that state. Light affects everything.
The movie “The Matrix” features a computer hacker called Neo, and deals with the themes of reality and freedom. In the movie, most of humanity has been enslaved and locked into a virtual reality called the matrix, which is controlled by intelligent machines. A dawning awareness has led some to escape from the matrix and form a resistance group to fight the ruling machines. Neo joins the rebellion, and struggles to free humanity from the grand illusion of the matrix.
Inner Vision Yoga recently announced a workshop for women interested in a natural approach to their labor and birth experience. The Labor and Birth workshop will be held Sunday, Aug. 10, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at Inner Vision’s Chandler studio, 1949 W. Ray Road, on the southeast corner of Dobson Road. Advance registration is $45 per couple or $55 at the door.
The Torah is the soul of the Jewish people. It is our sacred story, written on a scroll and in our hearts. The Torah, or Five Books of Moses, binds the Jewish people together across place and time. It tells a tale so massive, so all-encompassing that every Jewish person finds him or herself within it.
Throughout the great 50 days of Easter, it’s traditional to have readings from The Acts of the Apostles each Sunday. This remarkable account of the formation of the earliest Christian communities is the sister book in a two-part testimony known to us as Luke-Acts, and is likely written by the same hand.
Here are two different ideas, which seem mutually exclusive but are both true: 1) This world is a broken place; yet 2) God is good. On the contrary, we might assume that if God is truly good then the world shouldn’t be a broken place.
I find it fascinating that the Lord sometimes asked people what they wanted Him to do for them. He already knows everything. Everything. Nothing is hidden from him. Matthew 6:8 says, “Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.”
If you are reading a book review column, I assume you enjoy reading. If so, it’s furthermore safe to assume that “The Storied Life of A.J. Firky” will have great appeal to you. As one reviewer claims “...this book is a love letter to the joys of reading.”
Comedies centered on rivalries can be really hit and miss. When done right, they can produce some wonderful characters and comedic situations. When done wrong, we get the lamest, broadest drivel imaginable that would even make a midseason replacement sitcom cringe. The fact that all of these movies inevitably end with a happy resolution between the two feuding parties doesn’t help. “Neighbors” is thankfully one of the better rivalry comedies of recent memory thanks to the well-suited leads, some solid one-liners, and the capable direction of Nicholas Stoller.
I had my suspicions about this and now I know that I was correct. By living here in the desert where we have had a particularly nice winter, we miss some of seasonal symbolism of Easter. I visited my old homeland in Indiana last week where rebirth was evident. Although I had the coldest day of my winter there, family and friends I visited were speaking in cheerful, optimistic tones about the end of winter finally coming and the joy of warm spring days.
The Ahwatukee Foothills News hosts a forum with the Kyrene Justice Precinct Justice of the Peace candidates Darryl Jacobson-Barnes and John McComish.For more from this forum, see our playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8ZTVzyUoWKlKPglHroNHEnyT5gFlA8nF[Video: Vincent Cota/Ahwatukee Foothills News]