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Is it Possible to Read Your Bible for the Wrong Reasons?

In Bible, Op-Eds by Karen Scalf Bouchard

If you do the right thing for the wrong reasons, it’s still good, right? Like eating broccoli. If I started eating broccoli every day simply to annoy a controlling neighbor who told me I must never eat broccoli again, wouldn’t my body still benefit? Wouldn’t the folate and vitamins K and C do their jobs, even if my reasons for eating the cruciferous veggie happened to be spite rather than health? In other words, isn’t doing a good thing for …

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Thin Mints and Cornfields and Knives, Oh My!

In Bible, Op-Eds by Karen Scalf Bouchard

Around seven in the evening, the doorbell rang. I grabbed a butcher knife from a kitchen drawer and hurried to the front door. Someone rang the doorbell a second time. I slid the knife behind my back, took a deep breath and reached for the knob, my hand shaking. I’d been married a whole month and had just moved with my new husband from a very populated city in Southern California to a house surrounded by cornfields in Indiana. That …

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Heaven: Fairy Tale or Eternal Destination?

In Op-Eds by Karen Scalf Bouchard

Despite being diagnosed with ALS at 21 and given two years to live, Stephen Hawking lived decades beyond his predicted death, eventually dying at the age of 76. It’s easy to imagine that living more than 50 years on borrowed time may have inspired him to think about heaven now and then. In addition, the renowned physicist, by nature of his career, spent a lot of time pondering big-picture questions, like those surrounding the origin of the universe. And here’s …

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5 Things You Can Do Today to Reclaim Your Joy (No Pixie Dust Required)

In Op-Eds by Karen Scalf Bouchard

What is it about the movie “Hook” that has captivated kids (and their parents!) for nearly thirty years? Robin Williams, certainly. And pirates always help. And, of course, Tinkerbell was pretty neat. But that warm feeling the movie left us with…where did that come from? Ah, yes. The plot. That great storyline in which a man rediscovers joy. Peter Pan rediscovered joy, and audiences across the nation cheered and cried. He found his lost “happy thoughts” and, for the first time …

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Motherhood: Not for the Faint of Heart

In Op-Eds by Karen Scalf Bouchard

When I think of May, I think of flowers and moms. And just as there are endless varieties of blooms, moms are pretty diverse, too. They come in all shapes, sizes, states of mind, levels of mom-skills, and more. That variety means that even though everybody has a mother, not everybody shares similar experiences and memories of the iconic maternal influence. Perhaps this is why Mother’s Day comes under fire now and again. We enjoy celebrating Donna-Reed-type moms, but what …