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‘13 Hours’ an exciting read

It's a great feeling, that sense of excitement you get when you read a book that grabs your attention to the point that you just can't seem to put it down. Having the chance to experience a great story told by a skilled author remains one of the great pleasures in life.Works of fiction can ...

Things occur to me, and I take action

Things occur to me, and I take action.In this case, I had placed an order for "a few things" from a company that sells western items - clothing, jewelry, household goods, etc., stuff that makes Janice's world go 'round.And I had placed the order, mind you, because I'm such a considerate person, ...

Good reason behind delayed cleaning

I did something last Saturday that I have not done since Jan. 31.I cleaned the full-length mirror in our bathroom. I'm not a haphazard housekeeper - it's just that the nose prints of Ozzie were on the lower portion of the mirror, and I wanted to preserve them for a time.When Ozzie first came to ...

Let your light shine by showing love to all

The Andrea Doria was one of the most elegant passenger liners in the world, the pride of the Italian Line, and on July 25, 1956, with 1,134 passengers and a crew of 572 on board, she was struck by the Swedish-American liner Stockholm off Nantucket Island, Mass. She sank the next day.The Andrea ...

Vatican envoy who invited Kim Davis to papal meeting retires

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of his ambassador to the United States who was behind Francis' controversial meeting with Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who went to jail rather than comply with a court order to issue same-sex marriage licenses.Archbishop Carlo Maria ...

Brain implant lets paralyzed man regain use of hand

NEW YORK - A paralyzed 24-year-old man has regained some use of his right hand, controlling it with signals relayed from electronic sensors in his brain.Ian Burkhart of Dublin, Ohio, can grasp a bottle, pour its contents into a jar, pick up a stick and stir the liquid. He can grab a credit card ...

U.S. troops, Filipino police in bar brawl face sanctions

MANILA, Philippines- American troops involved in a bar brawl with Filipino policemen face possible disciplinary sanctions in an incident earlier this month that the Philippine military says has no bearing on ongoing large-scale combat exercises by the treaty allies.Philippine military spokesman ...

In search of a life of her own

All my free time is invested in my children's social lives, and I have none of my own. What is even more sad is I've only just now realized this. My children go to more parties, on more trips and to more places than I ever have, even as a teenager. I'm not even going, but I'm paying for it. ...

Guest column/April, Donate Life Month, is a chance to help others

One choice can create a wide ripple of change, much like the decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor. Each time an individual is able to generously share the Gift of Life, a person is healed, a family is preserved, a friendship is extended and the world is changed forever.This summer the ...

Of flowers and forecasts and running

I'd never heard this forsythia and forecast theory before.But what older sisters tell you, you're inclined to give some credence to, I know from past experience.Last weekend - Saturday, April the second, to be specific - my sister Cathy and I did our annual spring long run. We always try to get ...