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Archives: August 2017

Aug 31, 2017 - Amy Norton

Ever hear of the German term “schadenfreude”? It describes the sense of satisfaction or pleasure many of us feel at hearing of the misfortune of others (particularly of those whom we don’t like). “Well that’s karma for ya,” many of us will say to ourselves. But what about the opposite of schadenfreude? What about the sense of despair we feel when ‘bad people’ go unpunished? When karma seems to be taking the day off?

Most of us are familiar with the verse in Samuel, “'Vengeance is mine...

Aug 24, 2017 - Amy Norton

I remember as a kid loving to participate in my own bedtime story. My mom would start off by introducing the main characters, our two black labs, and then I’d help fill in the plot. Paddy and Casey got into all sorts of adventures, and I really enjoyed helping to tell the story rather than just listen to it.

There’s something unique about storytelling. Most, if not all, stories we tell serve a purpose. Whether it’s to help quiet a child’s mind before sleep, impart historical...