A Good Lie: Green Is Golfers’ Final Resting Place

Sunset Hills golfer statue

Call it the ultimate hole-in-one.Golfers in Washington State who dream of spending all their time on the course have a new option for the hereafter:  At Sunset Hills Memorial Park’s new golf-themed burial ground, dearly departed golfers can rest in peace near the hole, on the green, in the sand trap, or in an ossuary under a bronze sculpture of a golfer.Framed by nature, on undeveloped land near a wooded area at the back of the traditional cemetery, the new golfers’ memorial area has been … [Read more...]

God and Old People


Belief in God increases with age.That is the finding of a longitudinal study by researchers at the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center. The Center conducted three surveys on religious faith, questioning people of different age groups in 30 different countries. The surveys—conducted in 1991, 1998, and again in 2008—explored the range of faith experiences in these countries: Australia, Austria, Chile, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hunga … [Read more...]

Detroit's Historic Assumption Grotto, Then and Now

On my To-Do List for a long time now:  An article on Detroit’s historic Assumption Grotto Catholic Church.Founded in 1830, the parish was in the news in November, when the Archdiocese of Detroit’s Pastoral Council submitted to the archbishop their list of recommended parish closures and consolidations.  Under the proposed plan, 60 parishes would merge down to 21 and an additional seven church buildings would close. One of the parishes at risk if the proposal is accepted is Assumption Grotto:  t … [Read more...]