John Kralik's life was falling apart. He was going through a painful second divorce, his girlfriend had left him, his law firm was failing and he was growing apart from his children. One day he decided to focus not on what he didn't have but on what he did have. To express his gratitude, he wrote a handwritten thank-you note each day to someone who had shown him a kindness—a relative, a colleague, a coffee shop barista. Immediately after starting this note- writing, positive developments began to take shape in his life. His book about his experience is 365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life (USA Today, December 8).
Dec 22, 2010
Some churches with public nativity displays have had problems with vandalism. Stealing baby Jesus is a common prank. A security company has come to the rescue. It plants a GPS device in the nativity items so that the stolen objects can be tracked. One church reported that by publicizing its use of the tracking devices it had stopped the vandalism and stealing. The company, BrickHouse Security, is also donating its services to churches, synagogues and schools for displays other than nativity scenes (SFGate.com, December 2).
Dec 22, 2010
We Can Know, a Christian group based in Raleigh, North Carolina, believes that Jesus will return in May. Using an analysis of scripture, particularly biblical genealogies, it has designated May 21 as the day (AP).
Sources: New York Times, Newsweek, RNS, Washington Post, NPR
Dec 13, 2010
The year in quotes.
Service begins at home
Dec 08, 2010
Some people wonder why Michael J. Brown would want to remain in Rochester, New York, a city marked by such poverty and joblessness that bright young people are fleeing it. Brown says he remains because Rochester has given him economic independence and he's surrounded there by familiar people who have helped to orient his life. The U.S. doesn't need a national youth service that sends young people away from home, Brown says. It needs what he calls a CIVIC (Citizens Involved in Community) program that gives young people a "chance to shape the future of their own communities." He envisions youth at work developing urban gardens, transporting people who can't drive, tutoring students and serving as election inspectors (Dissent, Fall).