Day: August 6, 2007

Girls gone mild?

Wendy Shalit has made a career as the sort of journalist whose trend stories fall apart on closer examination. But no matter, because by the time closer examination occurs, the stories have frequently started quite useful conversations. Her latest book, Girls Gone Mild: Young Women Reclaim Self-Respect and Find It’s Not Bad to Be Good, is a case in point.

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Bonds, Barry Bonds

Beliefnet is exploring Barry Bonds’ assault on Hank Aaron’s career home run record from a religious point of view. Today, Michael Kress, who says he finds himself “overcome by a deep sense of sadness and more than a little outrage when contemplating Bonds’s achievement.”

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Greetings from Asbury Park

The altar is a tray for serving breakfast in bed. The pews are large towels or striped beach chairs. And instead of doodling on the program, distracted children can play with a bucket or bury a parent’s feet in the sand. On Saturdays in the summer, Trinity Church, an Episcopal congregation here, celebrates a beach Mass at 6 p.m., attracting up to 75 people….

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The Archbishop of York is a Christian

“The orthodox voice of the multitude is drowned out and ignored in Anderson’s analysis in favour of selective quotation from the fringe.” So says the Rev. Arun Arora, director of communications for the Archbishop of York, in a cogent dissection of an essay by the Rev. David Anderson of the Church of Nigeria recently published in the Church of England Newspaper.

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Treasure in every sand

Suppose a river or a drop of water, an apple or a sand, an ear of corn or an herb. God knows infinite excellencies in it more than we. He sees how it relates to angels and to men, how it proceeds from the most perfect lover to the most perfectly beloved, how it represents all his attributes. And for this cause it cannot be beloved too much.

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You are the music,
while the music lasts

Learning to play the cello as an adult can be an isolating and lonely business. The noise we make can be excruciating—no wonder we tend to keep our doors closed. And yet coming together for a week, we gave ourselves permission to break out of our lonely practice rooms, to play in trios, duets, and even in a full-voiced choir of 48 instruments, strains of Beethoven and Vivaldi echoing off the walls.

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