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Fellow Traveling with Yiddish Stories

posted by Patton Dodd

(Note from Beliefnet editor Patton Dodd: Peter Manseau‘s Songs for the Butcher’s Daughter kept me up for hours the night that I began it. I know Manseau to be a gifted, even gripping writer–his memoir, Vows, is a gorgeous page-turner–but […]

D.F.W, R.I.P. (David Foster Wallace, Rest in Peace)

posted by Patton Dodd

The news that David Foster Wallace hung himself this weekend came as such a shock not only because it was the news of great loss for literary and academic culture–which it is–but also because it seemed like such a contrary […]

Tim Russert, Rest in Peace

posted by Patton Dodd

As someone who begins to look forward to Sunday morning’s “Meet the Press” sometime on Saturday afternoon, I am shocked and dismayed at the news of Tim Russert’s fatal heart attack. TV news is so consistently bad that I rarely […]

Debating the Best of 2007

posted by Patton Dodd

It’s an annual tradition as firmly planted in our culture as Thanksgiving turkey, July 4 fireworks, and Barbara Walters specials: year-end best and worst lists, Top 10s, awards, and all the debates and discussions they inspire. I love this stuff, […]

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Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra Launch Sixth All - New Meditation Experience 'Expanding Your Happiness'
Registration Starts Today Monday, July 14 at Oprah.com/meditation Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra announced the launch of their latest, all-new meditation experience "Expanding Your Happiness," which is open for registration starting today at www.Oprah.com/meditation.  The free 21-day meditation

posted 11:56:20am Jul. 21, 2014 | read full post »

Anchor Stuart Scott Honored at ESPYs for Perseverance
ESPN’s anchor Stuart Scott offers strength to many on air. It’s not only for his smooth delivery or a career that’s spanned over two decades-it’s fighting a deadly form of cancer since 2007. This week Scott, 48, was presented the 2014 Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPYs by actor Kief

posted 10:01:07am Jul. 18, 2014 | read full post »

WORLD WIDE EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS from 'The Good Lie' Starring Reese Witherspoon
“The Good Lie,” a new movie from Warner Brothers, stars Reese Witherspoon as Carrie Davis, a woman who agrees to help a group of Sudanese refugees who win a lottery for relocation in the United States. Film director Philippe Falardeau brings the story of survival to life, displaying the power of

posted 8:42:17am Jul. 15, 2014 | read full post »

Planes: Fires & Rescue - Exclusive Trailer
“Planes: Fire & Rescue” the theatrical sequel to the 2013 animated film “Planes” is a comedy-adventure featuring a quirky crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from a raging wildfire. The team learns that with hard work, faith and re

posted 8:30:42am Jul. 14, 2014 | read full post »

Polygamist Wife Escapes Terror of Cult Leader in Memoir, 'The Witness Wore Red'
The Witness Wore Red is a riveting, harrowing tale of Rebecca Musser, who fled a polygamist cult and their leader, Warren Jeffs. Raised in the Fundamentalist Church of the Latter Day Saints (FLDS), a sect of the Mormon Church, Musser shares the sexual and emotional abuse she suffered since childh

posted 5:49:47pm Jul. 11, 2014 | read full post »


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