2017 NSNC Lifetime Achievement Award

Columnists Honor Maureen Dowd of the New York Times

(Photo of  Maureen Dowd and NSNC president Lisa Smith Molinari at awards dinner) On Saturday, June 10, 2017 Maureen Dowd of the New York Times received the 2017 Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.  The event was part of the NSNC’s annual conference held at the Manchester Radisson in New Hampshire.   Lisa Smith…

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Civil rights icon John Lewis: love and non-violent protest

(Photo of Hon. John Lewis taken by Suzette Standring) Our fractured society is discouraging, so take heart from Hon. John Lewis, the Georgia State Representative (5th District) who received the 2017 Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Student Ivan Rahman asked, “Will you share a time in your activism when you felt really vulnerable – a…

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United Airlines Abuse: The letter of the law

Jesus considered the spirit of the law to be above its literal meaning. In his time, ancient law decreed no work whatsoever could be on the Sabbath. The spirit of the law was to set aside a day for rest and worship.  Yet, opponents felt the letter of the law was violated when Jesus healed a man on the Sabbath. …

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Easter: Jesus appears first to a woman

[Painting, “Mary Magdalene at the Crucifixion” by Francesco Hayez] For Christians, Easter is a miraculous promise of love kept, because Jesus resurrected, as foretold, three days after his undeniable death by crucifixion.  Yet, as if coming back to life isn’t enough, here’s an added kicker for me. Jesus chose to appear first to a woman. This is a notable fact,…

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Movie, The Shack answers how to get past unspeakable tragedy

The age-old angry question is, “If there is a God, then why do horrible things happen?”  A new movie, The Shack, based on the book by William P. Young, goes further.  “How does one get past unspeakable tragedy and relentless pain?”  The Shack is a visual parable that answers both questions. Mack Phillips (actor Sam Worthington) grew up under an…

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