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September 12, 2005

Vol.193 / No.6
The Word
Dianne BergantSeptember 12, 2005

I sometimes think that the parables enjoy a popularity that may be misplaced By this I do not mean to question their extraordinary composition or their radical religious message It is just that we may be identifying with the wrong person and then might miss the really subversive flavor of the stor

Gillian DevereuxSeptember 12, 2005

When I say poor, I mean we drank powdered milk,and our meat slid from the can in jellied squares.I mean our TV always showed black, white, or greyeven though the screen promised technicolor.Inside me, color flourished, each ray a wild band,a length of the spectrum. Bent and separated,different shade


Charities Gear Up for Hurricane RecoveryCatholic Charities was just one of several national organizations gearing up to provide assistance to victims of Hurricane Katrina, which slammed into the Gulf Coast east of New Orleans on Aug. 29 and left dozens dead in its wake. Insurance firms were expectin

Jim McDermottSeptember 12, 2005

A commercial plane traveling from Sydney to Los Angeles has communication problems six hours into the flight. The pilots detour toward Fiji. A thousand miles off their original course, things go bad. Turbulence tears off the tail section, then the nose. The middle section crash lands on the beach of

Carol NackenoffSeptember 12, 2005

With the publication of One Nation Uninsured the Florida State University sociologist Jill Quadagno joins an array of scholars who have sought to account for the failure of national health care in the United States and to explain why we get so little health for our health care expenditure Classic

John W. OMalleySeptember 12, 2005

"After viewing a city full of funerals, we return to our homes only to find them empty of our loved ones.” That’s what Petrarch wrote about the Black Death (bubonic plague), which in 1348 devastated Western Europe, killing an estimated two-thirds or more of the population. Europe re

Of Many Things
Drew ChristiansenSeptember 12, 2005

Mary Budd Rowe was a model scientist, ever inquisitive, asking questions no one had asked before. She was a psychologist who specialized in science education. When I first met her in the late 1970’s, she had done pioneering work on “wait time,” the time teachers allow students to p