This Month’s Featured Group: IJM

November 6, 2013

November 2013 focus: combatting violent oppression in poor countries November 2013 featured Splashers: International Justice Mission (IJM) ******************** In the early 1980s Gary Haugen was a law student at the University of Chicago. In the late 1980s Gary Haugen was working at the U.S. Department of Justice as a federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C. In 1994 Gary Haugen received his appointment through a special DOJ assignment to head up the United Nations tribunal in charge of investigating the Rwandan massacre war crimes. In the grueling moments of searching through mass graves of men, women, and children, identifying the perpetrators, witnessing first-hand the aftermath of human slaughter,...

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Great Northern Edamame Greatness

November 5, 2013

Clearly, edamame are one of the two greatest vegetables in all the world.  Can there be any disputing that?  There are some amazing vegetables out there, but edamame are pretty stellar stand-outs.  Yes, broccoli is awesome, and carrots can be really good.  Onions, despite what Brian thinks of them (hint: underbelly of a warthog), bring remarkable flavor to everything, and green beans are absolute rockstars because any vegetable that can be taste just as good wrapped in bacon as with sesame seeds and balsamic vinaigrette should get some sort of lifetime achievement award. So edamame might have to be top five,...

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Unchangeable

November 5, 2013

If there is a world record for how many times one person can listen to one record virtually without ceasing, I just might be in the running for the title. For a while, it was the 25th anniversary production of Les Misérables, which is one of the greatest musical feats of all time.  Some people have fantasy football leagues; I have a fantasy cast for Les Mis.  My greatest challenge there is deciding between John Owen Jones and Alfie Boe for the role of Jean Valjean, and so somehow I think they'd just have to tag-team.  I'm still working out the details of...

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Media … the ‘Why’ Behind itty bitty bucket

November 6, 2013

Hymns are sung prayers, and they have gripped me and caught my attention since early childhood. From Christmas songs that remind us of the majesty and mystery and origin of the season to perennial favorites for children like “Jesus Loves Me,” many of the best-loved Christian songs are actually hymns. The two women in the world I most admire, my mother and my paternal grandmother (the only grandparent I ever knew), were my earliest hymn teachers: Momma used to sit at the piano now and then while dinner was in the oven, playing and singing her favorite hymns; Mimi, my grandmother,...

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