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Wednesday, December 30, 2015 12:00 PM
This second batch of Sidney Awards, given for some of the year's best long-form essays, congregate, coincidentally, around a theme: the excessive individualism of American society, and the ways human beings try to create community for good or ill.
  • My son John and I recently attended a packed book signing at Millsaps recital hall. In A Different Key: The Story of Autism is written by two accomplished journalists, John Donvan and Caren Zucker. At 650 pages, it is by far the most comprehensive popular book on autism.
  • Donald Trump was inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2013. He’d been involved with professional wrestling for more than a quarter-century. At first his interest was on the business side, because so many of the events were held at his hotels. But then he got involved in the story lines, appearing in the ring as an actual character.
  • We live in the age of working-class discontent, which, if it wasn’t obvious before, has been made plain by the passions roiling 2016 presidential politics.
  • But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him               — 1 Corinthians 2:9 ESV
  • God often compares man in his sinful, fallen state to the grass or flowers of the field. The comparison we find in verses 15-16 is to point out how short-lived and futile man’s life is: “As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.”
  • In January of 2017 someone will stand at the U.S. Capitol and deliver an Inaugural Address. This is roughly the place where Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan once stood. I am going to spend every single day between now and then believing that neither Donald Trump nor Ted Cruz nor Bernie Sanders will be standing on that podium. One of them could win the election, take the oath, give the speech and be riding down Pennsylvania Avenue. I will still refuse to believe it.
  • PERRY/Trump vs. Barbour
    Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump took a shot at former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour on Tuesday on the ABC program “Good Morning America.”
  • At the moment, the Republican establishment is relevant to the presidential-nomination battle only as an epithet.
  • JAN. 31, 1936

    Diligent work on the part of city and county officials last week recovered a stolen automobile, and uncovered a bank robbery at Webb, Miss., according to confessions signed by three people, who were placed under arrest last Tuesday by local authorities.
  • In this psalm David piles up the amazing benefits of those who have been brought into a right relationship with God. They have been forgiven all their sins and rescued from the pit of death, as well as brought into joyous fellowship with the one and only God. In these verses David emphasizes the believer’s adoption into God’s family and the Fatherly love God has for them.
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