“Heeding Cries for Help from Discarded, Disconnected Young Men”: LA Times

feature--and do read to the end: ...Fifteen years ago, Ruett and Rhonda Foster were grieving parents in a courtroom. Their 7-year-old son Evan had been shot and killed by a gang member at Inglewood's Darby Park.Evan was clutching his soccer trophy in the back seat of the family car when bullets aimed at someone else tore through the windshield and struck him in the head.Three young men were convicted and sent to prison. And the Fosters began performing their own sort of penance, making … [Read more...]

“Deployment to War Doesn’t Figure in Majority of Military Suicides”: LA Times

reports: ...The most recent Pentagondata show that a slight majority — 52% — of troops who have committed suicide while on active duty were never assigned to Afghanistan or Iraq.The numbers, from the years 2008 to 2011, upend the popular belief that a large increase in suicides over the last decade stems from the psychological toll of combat and repeated deployments to war.To researchers trying to unravel the causes of the rise, the statistics suggest that the mental health and life cir … [Read more...]

“The Agony of a Steadily Trusting Faith”: Wesley Hill

quotes Walter Moberly [O]ne should not so romanticize the process of moral and spiritual struggle that the Lukan depiction of Jesus as one who maintains apparent serenity and trust amidst suffering is downgraded; as though an anguished and in some ways vacillating struggle for faith is intrinsically superior to a steadily trusting faith; or as though a steadily trusting faith did not involve its own kind of moral and spiritual struggle. and expands on his words.  … [Read more...]

Auden shouted from the back of the lecture hall, “ON GOOD FRIDAY THE SPEARS WERE REAL.”

Wesley Hill, "The Anger Room." … [Read more...]

Underground alcoholics in Ulan Bator

Photo #4 is strongly reminiscent of what is probably the worst nightmare I've ever had. The others are also intense. Via The Fix. … [Read more...]

“An awful loss, a beautiful life, a daunting task”: Tim Carney

writes: Daily saving the life of an immobile kid with a fatal disease raises some fundamental questions. What is the point of such a life? Which raises the prior question: What is the purpose of any life? more … [Read more...]

I review “Amour”

at AmCon. Spoilers. … [Read more...]


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