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Looper column: While we were looking elsewhere

In late January, the U.S. had its first confirmed coronavirus case. Though the coronavirus was in the news, it seemed far away, like the SARS outbreak in 2003 or the Ebola epidemic that began in 2013. On Feb. 29, the U.S. reported its first confirmed COVID-19 death. Within two weeks, President Trump had banned most visitors from Europe and declared a national emergency. Since that time, COVID-19 has dominated nearly everyone’s thinking.

Ask Pastor Adrienne column: How can you be critical of COVID-fear?

Dear Pastor,Some of your recent articles criticize people who fear the deadly COVID-19 virus. Is that fair or even wise?A: I always appreciate a chance to respond to my readers and clarify a point. I’ll admit I may have seemed insensitive to folks with pre-existing health concerns or the senior population, who happen to be the majority of my readers. Theirs is a different pandemic lens than mine and I neglected to honor that. My hope in previous articles about COVID-fear was to […]

Tinsley column: The eyes have it

We have entered a new era unfamiliar to us all. We are greeted by family, friends and strangers wearing masks everywhere we go. Some masks are like my own, dull and unremarkable: black, white or gray. Others, like my wife’s, are bright and cheerful. Her mask is decorated with little birds. The designs and decorations are unlimited. But all of them have one thing in common. They hide our faces. We cannot determine if someone is smiling, frowning, sneering or simply dead-pan. We cannot […]

Dublin-area car parade celebrates end of Ramadan

More than 300 decorated cars participated in a parade on Sunday in the Dublin area to celebrate the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.The Eid al-Fitr festival is a joyous time for Muslims, who traditionally gather in large groups at mosques and with extended family. But the coronavirus pandemic is bringing about different ways to celebrate.Sunday’s car parade began at the Noor Islamic Cultural Center in Dublin. Vehicles were decorated with balloons and […]

Muslims celebrate end of Ramadan amid curfews, coronavirus fears

JERUSALEM — Muslims around the world on Sunday began celebrating Eid al-Fitr, a normally festive holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, with millions under strict stay-at-home orders and many fearing renewed coronavirus outbreaks.The three-day holiday is usually a time of travel, family get-togethers and lavish daytime feasts after weeks of dawn-to-dusk fasting. But this year many of the world’s 1.8 billion Muslims will have to pray at home and make due […]

Looper column: ‘AKA Jane Roe’: The Norma McCorvey story

FX Networks (a Walt Disney Company) is about to release the documentary “AKA Jane Roe,” the story of Norma McCorvey, the woman whose challenge of Texas law led to the 1973 U.S. Court ruling that struck down many state and federal abortion laws. Ms. McCorvey was 21, unmarried and pregnant for the third time when she was referred to lawyers Sarah Weddington and Linda Coffee, who were looking for a way to challenge and overturn Texas’s abortion laws. That was in 1969. Long […]

Standring column: Pandemic darkness: Be a light, self-discovery is full of surprises

Columns share an author’s personal perspective.*****The pandemic continues. Inside-the-house-time translates to inside-of-ourselves-time, and for me, the longest self-reflection period ever. When life opens up again (fingers crossed), we will look back at what we discovered about ourselves and others. The inner world is vast with surprises in unknown corners. During this dark period we might ask, “What have I done to be a light?”Right now all we have is each […]

Ask Pastor Adrienne column: Memorial Day message

Dear Pastor,Memorial Day is a time of reflection. Do you think we’re getting the message?A: Your question is mysterious and open-ended. Getting the message about what? About Memorial Day? About God? About death? Thank you for reminding us about an important day that is in danger, like so many, of being overlooked and under-emphasized due to the world’s concern with a virus.Memorial Day is a time to remember, reflect and celebrate those people who gave their lives for […]

Tinsley column: Congratulations to the Class of 2020

Every May, when trees splash green lawns with shade and wildflowers fill the air with fragrance, we celebrate one of the significant rites of passage for each generation. Normally young men and women robe themselves in their school colors and don mortarboard caps with dangling tassels to accept diplomas signifying their educational achievement. But this year isn’t normal. Not for the Class of 2020. Some are watching commencement speeches online in the same way they completed their […]