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A dozen delightful diamonds

A dozen delightful diamonds

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Marvin Olasky's America | Here's my highly, highly subjective list of the top dozen major league ballparks. I haven't been to five ballparks---the new homes of the Pittsburgh Pirates,

The desacralization of work

The desacralization of work

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Marvin Olasky's America | The funniest paragraph we read on the road was in USA Today 's lead story on June 11, "Diversity grows as majority dwindles," by Haya El Nasser and Paul…

Evaluating ballparks

Evaluating ballparks

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Marvin Olasky's America | NEW YORK---After visiting six ballparks in seven days, here are some of my questions about stadium design and scoreboard use: 1. Does the ballpark make use of…

Heritage and nuance

Heritage and nuance

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Marvin Olasky's America | BOSTON---After the Kansas City game we turned in our rental car and flew from Kansas City to Boston. Final stop: Fenway Park, where from 1962 through 1966 I…

Kingdom work

Kingdom work

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Marvin Olasky's America | KANSAS CITY---We had watched the Royals win a close, extra-inning game in Cincinnati last Friday night, and on Tuesday night they had batting practice against…

Prodigal sons

Prodigal sons

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Marvin Olasky's America | HANNIBAL, Mo.---The advent of railroads and bridges put most ferries out of business, but the Middle Mississippi River Valley offers six ferries, two of which…

Our calling

Our calling

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Marvin Olasky's America | ST. LOUIS---Monday evening Susan and I met some terrific WORLD readers in the new Busch ballpark, which has a great view past center field of downtown…

Mother Jones' revenge

Mother Jones' revenge

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Marvin Olasky's America | MOUNT OLIVE, Ill.---Jay Gatsby in F. Scott Fitzgerald's great novel reinvents himself, but so did historic Americans like Mary "Mother" Jones and Samuel "Mark…

Land of Lincoln

Land of Lincoln

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Marvin Olasky's America | ST. LOUIS---We've come here after visiting Abraham Lincoln's home in Springfield, Ill. He was a successful railroad lawyer during the 1850s and his wife,

Fewer kicks on Route 66

Fewer kicks on Route 66

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Marvin Olasky's America | SPRINGFIELD, Ill.---"The Great Diagonal Way . . . The Mother Road . . . The Main Street of America," taking folks looking for work or play from Chicago to…

Work ethic

Work ethic

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Marvin Olasky's America | CHICAGO---One of the Milwaukee ballgame conversations Saturday night concerned work. Lutheran pastor Don Thompson described a Midwestern work ethic: "If you…

Christian contentment

Christian contentment

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Marvin Olasky's America | MILWAUKEE---Every day has required us to overcome mild obstacles such as torrential rains and a birthday flat tire on the interstate in Chicago's South Side…

 
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