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BREAKING NEWS: R.E.M. Breaks Up (Requiem For My Youth)


R.E.M. has ceased to be. The band announced its break up late Wednesday. And fortysomethings worldwide mourn the official end of our collective youth.

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Would I Risk as Much as the Dreamers?

The youngest person in a crowd of teenagers and young adults at the Dream Act Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on Tuesday was an 8-year-old girl.
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How Peer Pressure Creates Social Change

People are rarely swayed by information alone.
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Big, Fat Kisses

My first date was a big fat sloppy hour and a half of kissing (sorry Mom and Dad) supported by the screenplay of My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
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For True Civility in Arizona, The Walls Must Come Down

The shooting in Tucson, Arizona has spurred numerous 'calls for civility' in the heated political tension of Arizona and beyond.
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When is an Incentive a Bribe? Israel, Settlements, and Fighter Jets

Imagine a parent with two recalcitrant teenagers.
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Our Righteous Lament

There is quite a strong tradition in the Old Testament of complaining to God about injustice and suffering. It's lamenting -- and we should perhaps reclaim this part of our tradition.
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What Gamblers Anonymous Can Teach Us About Wall Street

The defenses that Goldman Sachs execs gave to this week's Senate hearings for their actions were full of emotion and denial. They claimed shock that anyone could question their actions.
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My Son's Struggle with Christianity vs. Christ

As is the case for many Americans, I use the Christmas and New Year holidays as a time to reflect and try to gain perspective on matters near and dear to me.
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A Child's Prayer and a Parent's Predicament

A Facebook friend sent me a link to a wonderful YouTube video.
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