After near-death experience, boy says heaven is real

A Nebraska boy named Colton Burpo was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery — and what he had to say after his recovery has people stunned: There were things Colton did and things he said after the surgery that were out of the ordinary, but none of it made sense until a drive past [Read More...]

"Alive Together": a poem for Valentine's Day

Okay.  I know it’s a little early.  But I couldn’t resist.  I discovered this poem the other day and thought it was too good not to pass along in time for World Marriage Day and, of course, Valentine’s Day.  Share it with someone you love.  Speaking of marvels, I am alive together with you, when [Read More...]

Wall Saints Day: designer creates wallpaper themed to saints

It’s subtle, and it’s also eye-catching.  Would you guess that the design below is for St. Francis de Sales, patron of writers and journalists? That’s just for starters. More, from Tampa Bay Online: St. Francis of Assisi tends to hang out in gardens. If you see a medal dangling from a car dashboard, it’s likely [Read More...]

OMG: why's everybody talking in txt?

There goes the English language. A look at this phenomenon, from the AP: “ILY!” Susan Maushart’s 16-year-old daughter often calls out over her shoulder as she leaves the house. Sure, actual words would be better. But Mom knows not to complain. “A mother of teenagers is pathetically grateful for an ‘I love you’ no matter [Read More...]

Everything old is new again: Colorado town offers funeral pyres

A practice many might consider taboo is available in one western town — and it’s believed to be the only place in the U.S. to do so. Details: Belinda Ellis’ farewell went as she wanted. One by one, her family placed juniper boughs and logs about her body, covered in red cloth atop a rectangular [Read More...]

Is your gadget your boss?

If so, welcome to the club. The New York Times takes a look at how the smartphone is outsmarting us — and may be wrecking the balance of our lives, to boot: Given the widespread adoption of smartphones, text messaging, video calling and social media, today’s professionals mean it when they brag about staying connected [Read More...]

Prince Charles becomes first royal to visit Catholic church in Ireland

It didn’t get much attention, but this seems a noteworthy piece of news: History was made on Friday when Prince Charles became the first member of the Royal Family to enter a Catholic Church in Ireland. The Prince visited St Malachy’s Church in Belfast,  to see a 3.5 million pound restoration project which has just [Read More...]

Ripped from the headlines: a great voice mail message with a great voice

Don’t you wish you had a famous announcer for a friend? A fellow named Chase happens to know a guy who knows the announcer from “Law & Order.” So: get a load of the voice mail message that greets Chase’s callers. [Read more...]

Behold: a gorilla who walks like a man

Talk about an upstanding citizen. Somebody cue “The Four Seasons” to sing “Walk Like A Man”… And get a load of this great ape’s great gait. You can read more about this guy here. [Read more...]

Red Bull mocks confession

I first heard this joke a few years ago … and I’m frankly surprised that someone thought it would make a good commercial. Well, truth be told, it doesn’t. What seemed naughty and irreverent as a joke comes off here as just tacky.  And what this has to do with Red Bull remains a mystery [Read More...]