The Permanent Cost of Needless War

On two occasions this week I have heard stories and interviews about soldiers returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with post traumatic stress disorder. This is not a new malady and documented cases of it, although called by myriad names, date back to the Civil War. Yet in recent years, we have sent …

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New Music Discovery- For King and Country

For King and Country Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong. As one who generally dismisses Christian pop music out of hand, I was pleasantly surprised by the Australian brother act For King and Country. Oft compared to Coldplay,  Joel and Luke Smallbone eschew the typical “contemporary Christian” cliches of cheesy “I want Jesus to be my boyfriend” …

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Tuesday Discovery – Sorry, It’s a Day Late.

This week’s Tuesday Music Discovery features an immaculate artist who was little known outside of France and sadly left behind but a few recordings. Germaine Thyssens-Valentin was born Maastricht in the Netherlands in 1902. She studied at the Royal Academy at Liege under Isodor Phillip and Marguerite Long, then under Gabriel Faure at the Paris …

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Tuesday Discovery – Ben Howard

My utter weakness for sultry British boys with James Blunt-like angst in their voices aside,  Ben Howard, whose 2011 debut album Every Kingdom I just very belatedly discovered, is a welcome addition to my growing list of favorite Indie songsters.  Singable tunes, clever lyrics and atmospheric orchestrations are the selling points of a young artist with an …

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Some Stops Along My Spiritual Journey

One of the by-products of my recovery from alcoholism has been a renewed desire to explore my faith and re-evaluate my spirituality.  In Alcoholics Anonymous, we are committed to turn our lives and will over to the care of God as we understand him. Some people like to refer to this god as their higher power, some …

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