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Let the combat dolphins go

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The epic battle between Russian and U.S. combat dolphins is about to take place in the Black Sea.

These highly trained dolphins can attack enemy divers, locate mines and plant bombs. Some dolphins will even have knives and pistols attached to their heads -- creating a whole new image of “marine” mammals.

But this is not the plot of an upcoming action-adventure movie. Last week, news outlets across the globe reported this bizarre story as largely fact.

Catholic summer camp in Tennessee combines nature, spirituality

For generations of young people, Camp Marymount in Fairview, has been more than a place to spend a few weeks in the summer. It's where bonds are forged over campfires, craft projects and late-night talks under the stars.

"The thing about camp is it's timeless, it hasn't changed that much," said Jose Gonzalez, former camper and counselor at Camp Marymount, who now sends his children there.

Preview: To baffle, to build

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"I just don't know what I am going to do with that girl," my mother told my Aunt Dorothy, who was visiting our Kansas farm one evening. They thought I was upstairs in bed and asleep. But I have always been curious, and that night, I sat at the top of the narrow wooden steps listening to my mother's bewilderment at yet another one of her 6-year-old daughter's creative and baffling projects.

Not just nuisances: life lessons from deer and geese

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The deer showed up three times last week. Being half Irish, and therefore always primed for “signs” -- mystical or otherwise -- I suspected they had something important to say, especially so close to Earth Day.

As it turned out, they did.

In one of their appearances, the deer came as bearers of grief, arriving April 19 through a Columbus Dispatch obituary.

New space discoveries resurrect questions of life outside Earth

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And God made the two great luminaries, the greater luminary to dominate the day and the lesser luminary to dominate the night; and the stars.” (Gen. 1:16)

During the month of April, Christians throughout the world celebrate Jesus’ resurrection and the promise of eternal life. This particular April also brought two astronomical discoveries that raise the question of life beyond the planet Earth.

Let Easter release your inner immortal

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When we lose a sense of the immortal, we lose more than a dusty old idea. We lose a sense of storied time. We lose a sense of beginning and end, and we float in a world where the devils easily have their way with us.

One devil is capitalism. Not all capitalism is demonic but enough of it is to notice and name. Some of it is energetic, curious and interesting, urgent to find the optimum human potential. But much of its wine has become vinegar. It acts like a whip, beating its horse to go faster and faster, long after the horse has no idea where it is going with such speed. 

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