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  • Finding faith's common core

    Coexistence is more than a bumper sticker. It is a vital need in a world with 7.1 billion different ways of seeing things.

  • Practical planet care

    You don’t have to believe in the detrimental effects of human industry on the environment to be green today. Reducing dependence -- on big government, big utilities, and big energy -- appeals to rugged individualists as much as to tree-huggers.

  • Scottish vote: preserving the essence of enlightenment

    The Age of Empire is over. But the Age of Enlightenment -- born in England -- remains a work in progress in a world still struggling with intolerance, superstition, fear, and aggression

  • A talent for taming a primal force

    The war on forest fire is just over a century old. It has had heroes, tragedies, and shifting strategies about when and how to send young men and women into harm's way.

  • Giving our representatives room

    Transparency is crucial in a healthy democracy. But the relentless, 24/7 spotlight we now shine on elected representatives has compromised their ability to compromise.

  • Why walls rise -- and must fall

    Some walls are necessary, but before building any wall it is important to understand what is being walled in and what is being walled out.

  • The power of patience

    Kids constantly test parents -- and often just to get a reaction. Whatever that reaction is, experts say, parental patience is essential.

  • Saving the humans

    The late 20th-century shift away from whale hunting to whale saving didn't just help those endangered creatures. It was an historic human leap in the direction of environmentalism.

November 23, 2014

Photos of the weekend

Fascists and far right supporters rise their right arm saluting as they remember former Spanish Dictator Francisco Franco on the 39th anniversary of his death, in Madrid, Spain, Sunday.

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