A Cut for a Cause: Bush Goes Bald for a Little Boy

Two-year-old Patrick is battling leukemia—and while his prognosis is good, the treatments have caused him to lose his hair.So Patrick’s dad Jon and all of his friends have shaved their hair, so that they would be bald, too.  Patrick’s dad is a member of former President George H.W. Bush’s  security detail—and this week, the 89-year-old former president joined the others in going under the razor to show their solidarity with young Patrick.  He has been empathetic; the senior Bushes lost their … [Read more...]

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Shepherd in Combat Boots: A Conversation With Father Kapaun’s POW Friend

Father Emil Kapaun, U.S. military chaplain during the Korean War, was captured on November 2, 1950.Two days later and twenty miles away, Lieutenant Bill Funchess was captured by the Chinese Communist Forces and taken to a prison camp, where he was thrown into a 9-by-9-foot thatched roof mud shack.  There, lying in the cold on a dirt floor, were eleven seriously wounded enlisted men.Emil Kapaun, a Catholic priest, died in that camp; his fellow soldier Bill Funchess, a Methodist, became … [Read more...]

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Pearl S. Buck and the Importance of a Father’s Love

Happy Birthday, Pearl Buck!Pearl Sydenstricker Buck was an American writer born of missionary parents. She was born on June 26, 1892, and until 1934 she lived mainly in China, where she was also called by her Chinese name Sai Zhenzhu (written in Chinese: 賽珍珠; pinyin: Sài Zhēnzhū).Buck was passionate about social issues ranging from women’s rights to adoption, and especially to the plight of babies of Asian women left behind when American soldiers returned to the U.S. following their tour … [Read more...]

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