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Life's elusive quest for moments of joy

Lasha Morningstar

April 28, 2014

One is almost afraid to say the word out loud for fear of hexing it. Spring. One day, the weather forecaster is forecasting snow and complaining when his news buddies harass him when no flakes flutter down from the sky. A few days later, record highs are being celebrated. Oops. Spoke too soon. The mercury is dropping, and we are back to ice-on-the-puddles again and snow in the forecast.

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Caging criminals is rarely a good solution

Lasha Morningstar

April 14, 2014

Chances are you will eat your dinner when you want. Go to bed when you want. Go out the door when you want. Inmates can't. So why should we care? They broke a law, maybe many laws. They deserve to be there. Really?

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My Lenten war on black angel of fear

Lasha Morningstar

March 31, 2014

The question "What did you give up for Lent?" makes its rounds during many conversations right now. The usual answers came fast and furious. "Coffee." "Chocolate." "Butter." "Wine." Some cheer at the amount of weight they will lose during this religious season. Others acknowledge it as a test of their willpower. For many, it's a witness to their faith.

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Euthanasia advocates out to expand their throwaway culture

Lasha Morningstar

March 17, 2014

Look through the window of a neo-natal intensive care unit and watch as physicians, interns, nurses fight for babies' lives. Nothing else exists for them in those moments. Tubes, machines, intravenous, parents sobbing and praying in the chapel. That wee bundle of life matters. Just ask the medical team, the parents.

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Priests, sisters fill holes in our lives that no one else can

Lasha Morningstar

March 3, 2014

The woman's words were desperate. Her baby was stillborn. She tried to reach her pastor to arrange burial for her infant and for whatever reason could not find him. Struggling with her grief, she called another parish clear across the city.

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What do you do when no one sends you a valentine?

Lasha Morningstar

February 17, 2014

The story was a poignant one. Valentine's Day was in the offing and the secular press always assigns some poor soul to call around and find out just how much a bunch of red roses costs, what is the newest in designer chocolates this year, which restaurants were offering romantic meals (menus included).

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Take action now to save the valued, glorious honeybee

Lasha Morningstar

February 3, 2014

Growling snow blowers. Squealing grader blades. Screaming tires trying to rock and roll their way out of ice ruts. Blasting horns as some poor sod slides over an ice patch. Snarling wind.

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Soup kitchen lines testify to harsh effects of winter cold

Lasha Morningstar

January 20, 2014

She pushes the curtains open with her black nose and stares out onto the snow-covered garden. Golden eyes dart as house sparrows, juncos, maybe a shy brown creeper flit amongst the feeders and bark buttered branches.

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Desecration and change dominate our computer-run world

Lasha Morningstar

December 2, 2013

Change rankles me. It can be the most unusual thing that sets my nights into nightmare drama.

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Don't strip us of our special holidays

Lasha Morningstar

November 4

Halloween is hitting the headlines this year. Now for some, it is because of religious reasons. Halloween has always been hexed right off their calendar.

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