Where humor grows

Where humor grows

Kathryn Hamrick, who wrote columns for several years for this news journal and for three decades in local newspapers, has compiled nearly 100 of her approximately 1,250 columns into a book titled The Farmer’s Wife. During about half the span of her professional...
Worth Repeating

Worth Repeating

“You’re too smart to be a Baptist.” —Wayne Flynt, historian and Baptist minister, quoting his friend novelist Harper Lee, whose eulogy he gave at her request at a private funeral in February at First United Methodist Church of Monroeville, Ala. (al.com) “What if the...
When five is less than two

When five is less than two

A group of ministers in Birmingham, Ala., has formed to help voters know how political candidates align with “biblical standards.” These Gatekeepers, as they deemed themselves, take all the worry out of carefully considering the candidates’ various positions (which...
Isis lures recruits with video game themes

Isis lures recruits with video game themes

The footage, to gamers who like to play “Grand Theft Auto,” looks familiar. From the point of view of a gunman looking for targets through the speeding car’s window, unsuspecting people take bullets in the chest, and crumple to the ground. But it’s not “Grand Theft...
God’s Handiwork

God’s Handiwork

For a century, America’s national parks have preserved natural wonders Weary of election-year politics? Dread the daily commute? Is screen time too all-consuming, the job too demanding, the bills too many, the stress too much, your sleep too little? When was the last...