| May 16, 2010
Soho: 350 pp., $25
Although the film "The Hurt Locker" earned the industry's highest awards, some critics said that the movie was so riddled with inaccuracies that it could not be taken seriously. The film's...
| Nov 25, 2010
Do you ever think about what makes life significant? I do. There's no other philosophical inquiry examined more than the meaning of life.
This semester I've been blessed with a bright group of students. Because of their intuitiveness I've ratcheted up...
| Jan 28, 2011
What is a ghost? A disembodied spirit or just the product of a troubled mind? Does it matter? It does for paranormal investigators, whether they're William James and the American Society of Psychical Research or the team on Syfy Channel's "Ghosthunters."...
| Sep 8, 2010
| 11:38 AM
Penelope's was closed so I headed to Starbucks for a cup of black tea. Barb and the kids who work there are wonderful; they make you feel like you're a member of their family.
I was sipping tea and re-reading, "With the old Breed," by Eugene Sledge,...
| Feb 9, 2011
| 11:40 AM
I often receive notes from readers asking for perspective regarding life’s perplexities. I’m taken aback that I would get such inquiries, and that some of you think of me as some sort of shaman. I’m just a street kid from the Bronx. What...
| Mar 25, 2012
| 6:54 PM
It's impossible to measure how many lives John Arnold touched, or how many people he reached out to, or how much food he put on the tables of hungry families.
The former executive director of Feeding America died Sunday after a six-year battle with...
| Aug 22, 2011
| 2:37 PM
SOUTH BEND — Hours before his trial was set to begin, a 35-year-old Mishawaka man pleaded guilty today to molesting a young female relative in 2009.
William James is now scheduled to be sentenced on one count of Class A felony child molesting on...
| Jan 6, 2012
| 10:53 PM
Question: First, I'd like to tell you how much I love your column. I look forward to it every week. I can hardly wait until lunch to read it. I love your open-mindedness and appreciate your humor.
Now, for the topic at hand: In 2007, I was at church...
| Jan 27, 2012
President Obama's State of the Union address was disgusting.
The president began with a moving tribute to the armed forces and their accomplishments. But as he has done many times now, he celebrated martial virtues not to rally support for the military,...
| Mar 7, 2012
| 7:29 PM
Our daughters, Sabine and Simone, were riveted to the television. As each starlet walked the red carpet on Oscar Night we were breathless, watching the beautiful gowns worn by the gorgeous women of Hollywood.
We sat waiting to learn the origins of...
| Jul 27, 2008
The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age
Prometheus Books: 328 pp. $25.95
WE LIVE in an age of distraction. Teenagers tap text messages during dinner; students idly surf the Web instead of taking notes in class;...
| Jun 15, 2008
Eugene V. Debs, the Great War, and the Right to Dissent
Harvard University Press: 380 pp., $29.95
It all sounds so familiar: a foreign war, an unpopular president, high-minded vows to spread democracy abroad and...