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A weekly column by Susan Olasky highlighting interesting stories and commentary from around the web.

Web Reads: Do your kids have too many Christmas toys?

Web Reads: Do your kids have too many Christmas toys?

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Newsworthy | Overloaded? Do you think your kids have too much stuff? In 2012, blogger Ruth Soukup thought so, and she wrote about the day she took all their toys away. Her…

Web Reads: Remembering P.D. James

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Newsworthy | In memoriam. Crime novelist P.D. James died last week at age 94. In this Paris Review interview, James talks about writing, her affection for The Book of Common…

Web Reads: What does Thanksgiving taste like in your state?

Web Reads: What does Thanksgiving taste like in your state?

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Newsworthy | Beyond the turkey. For those cooking or eating on Thanksgiving Day, The New York Times offers a recipe from each state, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico that…

Web Reads: Shoes that make a pointe

Web Reads: Shoes that make a pointe

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Newsworthy | Shoe shopping. In a series of short videos, the Royal Ballet shows how important and individual are a dancer’s pointe shoes. One video shows how cobblers…

Web Reads: Why do we give our cast-offs to the poor?

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Newsworthy | Selfish giving. In the relief and development world, the acronym SWEDOW (Stuff We Don’t Want) has come to stand for the practice of giving our cast-off…

Web Reads: Mothball grandmas, Hollywood incomes, and boxing kangaroos

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Newsworthy | Mothballs. Theodore Dalrymple’s humorous essay about a grandmother who smelled of mothballs will make you smile and think about why you remember the things…

Web Reads: Deconstructing the Rebel Yell

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Newsworthy | Describing a battle cry. What did the Rebel Yell sound like and how do you spell it? This essay explores the mystery of the Yell, the history surrounding the…

Web Reads: Can a little knowledge be a dangerous thing?

Web Reads: Can a little knowledge be a dangerous thing?

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Newsworthy | Painful histories. The personal genome-mapping company 23andMe markets itself to family history enthusiasts, promising to “bring your family to life.” But…

Web Reads: Is your church building ugly?

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Newsworthy | Glorifying God in buildings. Urbanologist Aaron Renn suggests eight reasons Protestants tend to “place a low value on sacred architecture—resulting in…

Web Reads: Rotisserie chicken economics and epic infographics

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Newsworthy | Economic fowl. You may have thought buying a rotisserie chicken from Costco or your local grocery was just a time-saver. But Megan McArdle points out that…

Web Reads: Finding meaning, purpose, and joy in work

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Newsworthy | The joy of work. Chris Horst has a brother with special needs who works at Costco. In this blog post he describes the difference that job has made to his…

Web Reads: How is lightning like a radical feminist?

Web Reads: How is lightning like a radical feminist?

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Newsworthy | Reverse discrimination? Men are more likely than women to die from lightning strikes. This year, seven people have died from lightning—all of them men.

 
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