Remembering victims of Peshawar attack

Several hundred people gathered for the somber prayer vigil at Sylvania Southview High School to honor and remember the victims of the horrific terrorist attack at the Peshawar school on Tuesday (Dec. 16).

12 days of Christmas: a wish list

Even those who doubt the existence of Santa are thinking about the “The 12 days of Christmas” and what our true loves might bring to us (it never includes birds or drummers, does it?). Here is my list of 12 gifts to make the world a better place.

New shoes and a dash of pepper spray for Christmas?

Evolution has really kicked in, I think. Our earliest ancestors went around in their bare feet and then, maybe, wrapped some animal skin around them. Now, in this age of enlightenment, someone will die or be seriously hurt over a pair of basketball shoes that will someday clog up our landfill. We have come a long way, baby!

Secular Solstice: Doing good for goodness’ sake

OAKLAND, Calif. (RNS) A newly minted observance called “Secular Solstice” takes religious ritual common to the holiday season and adds its own spin. Those lighting the candles and singing together are nonbelievers, and their candles represent not a deity, but their actions and intentions to make the world a better place.