Drug-Crazed Intruder Kills Samuel Traut, Popular Bible Teacher at NDSU Newman Center

Message to Samuel Traut

"A good young man unknowingly opened his back door to a monster.”At a news conference regarding back-to-back slayings in Fargo, North Dakota, Police Chief Dave Todd repeated the line he'd heard Wednesday, explaining why 24-year-old Samuel Traut had been killed. The young man, who taught bible studies and other courses at the Newman Center at North Dakota State University, was hammered to death after opening his door and offering a stranger a glass of water.Ashley K. Hunter, who is ac … [Read more...]

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HEARTSONGS: The Story of Matti Stepanek Will Knock Your Socks Off

Requiem in SeaOh, to call the conch my home . . . Stormy-smoothed tunnels of Kaleidoscope walls spiraling into Pearl-shimmered dyes, Ever-changing with the light Of the sun, of the moon, Of the tide, and the gloaming, And surging, and sighing,Of the sea . . . Of that space That calls to me Beyond the Polished Pier, Beyond the now, and here.Echo of ocean breath, Silhouette of Light, Indescribable description Passing, mortal fathoming. Passion, ebbing into solace, Upon … [Read more...]

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Olfactory Comfort: French Perfume Smells Just Like Your Departed Spouse

By Angela Andriot [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

For a lonely widow, a photograph can trigger a memory of happier days--but so can the familiar scent of her husband's shaving lotion, his pipe tobacco, the shirts in his closet.Katia Apalategui, grief-stricken after her husband's passing, found consolation by burrowing her face into her late husband's pillow, allowing his familiar scent to renew memories of their years together. So Katia had an idea:  Why not create a perfume which matched her late husband's scent, so that she could keep the … [Read more...]

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