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Religion Calendar

Aug. 16— The Jerusalem Youth Ministry presents Youth Explosion 2014 at 4 p.m. at E.J. Cox Park in Clarkton. The theme is “Taking the Lead” and the Stepping to Heaven step team will make their debut. All youth groups, singers, praise dancers, twirlers and steppers are invited to attend.— The Sandhill Mass Choir will have a musical celebration at 6 p.m. There will be many local groups on hand to help with this celebration. Light ref...

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‘The Preacher’ stood above all else

I grew up with a lot of religious rules. To violate these rules was to subject oneself to the judgment of God. If you had a fundamentalist upbringing, you may be familiar with some of these restrictions. No drinking, no smoking, no dancing, no playing cards or going to the movies, no mixed-bathing (a prospect that intrigued my teenage mind), no Sabbath-breaking (though we did not actually gather on the Sabbath), and absolutely no questioning of religious authority.

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The man behind the curtain

What do Kenosha, Wisc., and Cape Cod, Mass., have in common? Besides the fact that they are both splendid, waterfront communities, probably not much. Except this: Seventy-five years ago this week, these towns were the first public release points for one of the greatest films ever. “The Wizard of Oz.”Few movies have had such a prolonged, impactful history. It is consistently voted into the top ten of any “Greatest Movies” list, has been preserved by the Libra...

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Give the Wonderful World a chance

This coming week marks the birthday of a man who Bing Crosby called, “the beginning and the end of music in America.” Born in the sweltering heat of a New Orleans’ August, the grandson of former slaves, and suffering abject poverty, that man was Louis Armstrong.It was starvation that drove young Louis to the streets where he learned to sing, scat, and play trumpet, all to earn a few pennies each day to feed his hunger and stay alive. From those hardened streets he...

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Simply let go … or be dragged

A friend who has some experience with rodeo horses sent me a most picturesque proverb: “Let go or be dragged.” Whether this phrase was first spoken by a Zen master who had achieved enlightenment on the mountainside, or by a battered cowboy nursing his shattered bones and pulling cacti from his backside makes no difference. It is the unmistakable truth.Take my friend’s horses as an example. Training such animals requires a great deal of lassoing, roping, and halter...

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